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Around 1450 BC, nearly three and a half thousand years ago, a cataclysmic volcanic eruption blew apart the Aegean island of Santorini. The Bronze Age towns and villages were buried under the deep layer of volcanic ash. The same eruption devastated Crete, and the ancient Minoan civilization was brought, at its zenith, to an abrupt and untimely end. The famous archaeologist Arthur Evans travelled to Crete at the end of the last century and found the great palace of Knossos; he discovered a whole buried civilization. It was Evans who named this lost people, 'the Minoans' after their legendary king, Minos. In legend, it was Minos's wife, Pasiphae, who fell in love with a bull and gave birth to the Minotaur, which lived in the Labyrinth. It has only been in this century that the greatness of the Minoan civilization has been seen by modern eyes; all we know of their history has been pieced together by twentieth century archaeologists from the ancient relics uncovered on Crete and the other Greek islands. The work is continuing: a Minoan town has been discovered at Akrotiri, on Santorini, preserved, like Pompeii, by deep layers of volcanic ash. Modern day archaeologists, led by the work of the Greek Professor Marinatos, now believe that the story of Minoan Crete and the Santorini eruption may explain the mystery of lost Atlantis. This film recreates the Minoan people, and their cataclysmic end. The film shows palaces, mansions, jewels, pottery and sealstones which the authorities had never allowed to be filmed before. It presents a dramatic story of what Atlantis, and its capital Knossos were like, and how they vanished.

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Format: PAL
Region: Region 2
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Classification: U
Studio: Poseidon Films
DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
Run Time: 55 minutes

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