Sometimes all it takes is a thorough examination of the architecture and structures a society chooses to surround itself with to decipher the core values and concerns of that culture. When looking at the ancient world both the Mycenaeans and Minoans cultures prove illustrative of this point. Although they both served as precursors to the Greeks and showed signs of close ties in at least trade, the Mycenaeans and Minoan peoples differed vastly in how they approached trade, life and the creation of their culture. This is never more apparent then when comparing the remnants of the wandering grand palace of Knossos on Crete and the indomitable walls and ruins of the citadel of Tiryns located on the Greek mainland.
Crystal has a MA in the History of Art from Courtauld Institute of Art as well as a BFA in Art History from the Academy of Art University.