In his book: History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell writes: Nothing is so difficult to account for as the sudden rise of civilisation in Greece. Is that really so? What if the Greeks inherited it from the Minoans?
After all Philosophy started in what was once Minoan colonies... And the Liar Paradox one of the most difficult logical problems in history seems to have come from Crete through Epimenides.
At Crete we have the first Laws written on stones in Greece. "Crete pioneered the idea of the 'city-state' and developed it for longer than anywhere else in the ancient Greek world." From where came Crete's astonishing creativity?
(Edited) Wikipedia is free and books are expensive: It appears that Crete being an ISLAND in the Mediterranean may have had the longest continuous civilisation in the Middle east since the earliest human traces (stone tools) dates back as early as 130,000 years ago, evidence for the first anatomically-modern human presence dates to 10,000–12,000 YBP.
A comparative study of DNA haplogroups of modern Cretan men showed that a male founder group, from Anatolia or the Levant, is shared with the Greeks. Its the genetics from the first Anatolian farmers 12000 years ago that still is showing up in the modern population. Its no wonder the Minoans worshipped bulls. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2017/09-10/Minoan_Crete/
They reached/colonised Etruria , Basque , Brittain AND NORWAY! They wanted the fine silver where Oslo lies today!
Their priests had horns from bulls so VIKING PRIESTS took up the custom. They Probably also traded with the Eastcoast of Sweden but stopped coming when the Thera Eruption seriously weakened the Minoans! So we Swedes made pictures of boats at the former trade harbours hoping the gods would send the Minoans back!
Seriously weakened the Minoans could not stop their former colony THE MYCAENEANS from taking over Crete and stealing some of their high culture. For example: The god DIONYSOS a Minoan god.