Did Minoan tried to invade Egypt

Mar 2019
52
Belgium
#1
Today we know that Minoan were not a peaceful people as claimed by old archaeology studies. We also know that ancient Egyptian hadn't really a great naval forces on the contrary of the Minoan who were an sea power. So is there some record that Minoan could have try to invade Egypt? Long term invasion? Raid? Piracy?
 

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
4,594
Australia
#2
They had ships but what evidence do we have that the Minoans were a great sea power? Which colonies did they found outside of their local Aegean islands?
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,715
Sydney
#3
piracy is pretty much a given , the odd raid inland a distinct possibility
however the Minoan society wasn't overtly warlike unlike the Mycenaean
could the Mycenaean have been employed as mercenaries or allies ?
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
26,631
Italy, Lago Maggiore
#6
Egyptians developed a good naval force only to face the Sea Peoples [think to Ramses III], not the Minoans. This would suggest that the Minoans have never been a threat for the civilization of the River Nile.

To attack Egypt from the Mediterranean Sea has never been difficult in ancient times. The point is that Egypt has got only one "highway" to reach the centers of power ... River Nile. And along that "highway" Egyptians had organized a hell of strongholds and fortresses.

In other words, to land along the coasts of the delta with a giant fleet was simply a slow suicide. Historically, Egypt had to be invaded and conquered by land, coming from Asia, like everyone who has conquered Egypt has done. Obviously before of modern times.
 
Oct 2013
6,341
Planet Nine, Oregon
#7
Egyptians developed a good naval force only to face the Sea Peoples [think to Ramses III], not the Minoans. This would suggest that the Minoans have never been a threat for the civilization of the River Nile.

To attack Egypt from the Mediterranean Sea has never been difficult in ancient times. The point is that Egypt has got only one "highway" to reach the centers of power ... River Nile. And along that "highway" Egyptians had organized a hell of strongholds and fortresses.

In other words, to land along the coasts of the delta with a giant fleet was simply a slow suicide. Historically, Egypt had to be invaded and conquered by land, coming from Asia, like everyone who has conquered Egypt has done. Obviously before of modern times.
Exactly. And that's also why they would never have tolerated "Sea People" building an attacking force in the Delta; they would have destroyed it. The ships came from outside the delta, obviously. Indeed they intercepted them in the delta, and the SP's seemed clueless about the archers, etc. Not from nearby.
 
Feb 2013
4,303
Coastal Florida
#10
They certainly traded. Gifts from emissaries from Keftiu are seen in Egyptian depictions, and I be!ieve their artists were used to paint murals at Amarna.
Perhaps it's slipped my mind but I don't recall Minoan murals from Amarna. However, their work was found in an 18th Dynasty palace built at Tell el-Dab'a, the site of the former Hyksos capital, Avaris. IIRC, the palace was from the era of Thutmosis III. The existence of such works outside Crete were not unique to Egypt, though. Minoan murals have been found in the northern Levant as well. These must have been the product of immigrants or traveling artisans, though...because there's no indication of an associated hostile invasion. Egypt was a very dominant power at that time.
 
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