Nearly 5000 years ago an advanced civilization emerged on the Mediterranean island of Crete that would come to dominate the seas. Although they left behind a plentiful supply of artifacts, palaces, and artwork, it was not until its rediscovery in the modern age that they were finally called the Minoans. While we know comparatively little about their society, it is glaringly apparent that they played a vital role in the commerce of the ancient world and the development of modern Europe. Despite these unanswered questions, archaeologists believe that a volcanic eruption and monstrous tsunami buried the secrets of the Minoan civilization for a millennia. On this episode we discuss the lost empire of the Minoans.