Based on his personal experience the author writes about the area of Minoa palace Knossos situated on the Greek island of Crete. Through a description of several significant works of fine art dating from 2 500-1150 B.C. found preserved in palace, he is trying to find evidence of theatrical elements of that period. By summarising several works of theatre historians and available theatrical encyclopaedias, he comes to the conclusion that even though the official beginning of European theatre culture is considered to be 6th-5th century B.C., the archaeological research from the 20th century provides sufficient evidence that the beginning of the Greek theatrical culture is approximately thousand years older. He suggests that the Minoa period of the ancient Greek civilisation should be regarded as the beginning of the European theatre.
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