Climate change may seem an abstract idea, far less real than a coughing fit on a polluted London road, but its impacts on our economy and way of life could be as devastating as the impact of a volcanic eruption on the Minoan civilisation
- it didn't end well.
It is surprising, for example, to discover that Arthur Evans, the celebrated archaeologist and scholar of Minoan civilisation
was also, in between excavation campaigns at Knossos, an active buyer of paintings in the antique shops of Athens.
Crete was once the centre of the Minoan civilisation
(c2700-1420BC), which is regarded as the earliest recorded civilisation in Europe.
But if you're feeling adventurous, learn about Crete's rich history when it was the centre of the Minoan civilisation
on a tour of the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, outside the city of Heraklion, once the capital.
The island's history - from the Minoan civilisation
of 2000BC onwards - is remarkable.
This week the subject is the end of the Minoan civilisation
As the central part of Strongili collapsed into the ocean, seawater rushed into the newly formed "caldera" creating a huge tsunami, which overwhelmed Crete and destroyed the Minoan civilisation
the Minoan civilisation
came to an end, and was forgotten by the world for over 3.
One might become aware, for example, that the island's trail network was the training ground of Olympians (most notably a classical running champion named Agnondas) and along the paths one might also discover artefacts reaching back to Minoan civilisation