Minoan Frescos, c. 1400 BCE
Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art
Whereas the tombs and palaces of other civilizations were commonly decorated with scenes of military conquest, the surviving art from Crete is typified by pastoral scenes, festivals, and far more peaceful activities. This does not mean, however, that they were not respected by their neighbors - just the opposite appears to be the case, in fact.
In Egypt it was the custom to be dismissive of foreigners, calling them all Ha-unebu ("people from beyond the seas") without differentiation. Only the Cretans were dignified with their own name: Keftiu. There is evidence of extensive commercial contact between Crete and Egypt, but no military conflict or military alliances.