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Archæological Discoveries in Crete and Egypt

Nature volume 68, page 229 (09 July 1903) | Download Citation



THE undoubtedly close connection which existed between the Bronze age civilisations of Greece and Egypt is now generally recognised by archæologists. Not only was Egyptian influence on the development of the “Mycenaean “culture always very marked, especially from the period of the thirteenth Egyptian dynasty (B.C. 2000) to the end of the eighteenth (B.C. 1400), but the most recent discoveries seem to point to the unlooked-for conclusion thart the two chief civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean may have had a common origin, presumably in Africa. Certainly the further we go back the more striking-are the parallels between early Egyptian and early Greek culture. It is, then, nowadays natural to group together the archæological discoveries which are being made in Egypt and in Crete, which was apparently the seat of the most fully developed phase of the Greek civilisation of the Bronze age.

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