Minos

  • EtymologyEdit

    “Minos” is often interpreted as the Cretan word for “king”,[6] or, by a euhemerist interpretation, the name of a particular king that was subsequently used as a title. There is a name in Minoan Linear Ami-nu-te that may be related to Minos. According to La Marle’s reading of Linear A,[7] which have been heavily criticised as arbitrary[8] we should read mwi-nu ro-ja (Minos the king) on a Linear A tablet. The royal title ro-ja is read on several documents, including on stone libation tables from the sanctuaries, where it follows the name of the main god, Asirai (the equivalent of SanskritAsura, and of AvestanAhura). (Note: osiris?) La Marle suggests that the name mwi-nu (Minos) is expected to mean ‘ascetic‘ as Sanskrit muni, and fits this explanation to the legend about Minos sometimes living in caves on Crete.[9] If royal succession in Minoan Crete descended matrilinearly— from the queen to her firstborn daughter— the queen’s husband would have become the Minos, or war chief. Some scholars see a connection between Minos and the names of other ancient founder-kings, such as Menes of Egypt, Mannus of Germany, and Manu of India,[10][11]and even with Meon of Phrygia and Lydia (after him named Maeonia), Mizraim of Egypt in the Book of Genesis and the Canaanite deity Baal Meon.[12]

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