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For other mods, see Minoans (Minos).

The Minoans, led by Minos, are a custom civilization by More Civilisations[1], with contributions from Leugi, JFD, Reedstilt, and Andrew Holt.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Minoans[]

The history of the Minoan Civilization has long since passed into the realm of myth and legend. Only in the last eighty years has archaeology begun to assemble a detailed understanding of this ancient culture. But with their language unknown, only mute artifacts remain to speak for their legacy. Their true name has been forgot, though it is perhaps faintly remembered in ancient names for the island of Crete such as the Mariote “Kaptara”, Egyptian “Keftiu”, and possibly, the biblical “Caphtor.” Whatever the Minoans called their own civilization, today they are named for their king Minos, who was remembered in Greek myth as the son of Zeus and Europa and ruler of Crete. The Minoans were wealthy merchants and that wealth paid for the lavish palaces of Minoan royalty. The Minoans rose as the first urban European civilization with technologies that other areas of Europe would wait centuries, if not millennia to obtain. Ultimately however, the Minoans fell to a combination of natural disaster and foreign invasion.


With so much of Minos’ life tangled up in myth and legend, it is difficult to assess the success of his reign and his accomplishments. Among the Athenians and Megarians, Minos is remembered as a tyrant who demanded a vicious tribute to sate the desires of a child born of his wife’s heinous indulgence. Among other Greeks, Minos is remembered as just, wise, and pious ruler who maintained peace and security throughout the Aegean, who brought wealth and prosperity to his subjects and allies, and who inspired legal traditions that continue to influence Greece hundreds of years after his death. Even in death, the Greeks invested Minos with considerable power, naming him as the chief among the three judges of the Underworld. The disparity between this two images of Minos have inspired some writers to consider him as two distinct individuals. Perhaps this interpretation is not far from the truth; “Minos” may indeed be the title of the Minoan ruler rather than his name.

Dawn of Man[]

MC Minoa Diplo

Leaderscene by Leugi

Greetings, Great King Minos, son of Zeus and Europa; most powerful king in the Aegean! The Minoans await your wisdom. Yours is a proud kingdom of traders and artisans centred on the island of Crete, away from the petty and bloody squabbles of the nations around you. In this perpetual peace your people blossomed, becoming the most culturally and technologically advanced empire of the age. The tales of your prosperity spread across the isles of the Aegean through your many trade routes, and to outsiders your kingdom assumed a mythic status. As the Minoan legend grew, so too did yours, with your name coming to be known as one of the great kings of old.

King Minos! The Minoan empire has long since fallen, yet men continue to sing tales of glory to which your kingdom was the setting. It is time to raise that kingdom anew! Will you spur your merchants to rebuild their ships and reclaim the seas? Will your cities and palaces once again be the envy of all the nations around you? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Welcome to the lands of the Minoan people. Please do not be frightened by our technological superiority over you."

Introduction: "Who dares to taint the sanctity of the palace of Minos with their presence?"

Defeat: "Truly the gods have abandoned us, for without their aid you could never have destroyed us."

Defeat: "You have done the world a great disservice, today. In years to come, people will look upon your actions and weep."

Unique Attributes[]

The Minoans (Minos)

Art by Sukritact

Pax Minoica

Coastal cities generate Goldenage Golden Age points based on their population. Cargo Ships gain +50% range. Start the game with 1 additional Traderoute Trade Route.


Art by Sukritact

Galeá (Trireme)
  • -28.5% Production Production Cost (35 vs 45)
  • +1 Moves Movement (5 vs 4)
  • May enter rival territory
  • -20% Strength Combat Strength (8 vs 10)

Art by Sukritact

Anaktoro (Library)
  • +1 Happy Happiness, +2 Happy in coastal Cities
  • During Goldenage Golden Ages, each Traderoute Naval Trade Route to or from this city generates an additional +2 Science Science
City List
  1. Knossos
  2. Phaistos
  3. Malia
  4. Gournia
  5. Zakros
  6. Agia Triada
  7. Amnisos
  8. Nirou Khani
  9. Palekastro
  10. Akrotiri
  11. Pigadhia
  12. Trianda
  13. Iasos
  14. Miletus
  15. Agia Eirene
  16. Tylissos
  17. Sklavokambos
  18. Vathypetro
  19. Apodhoulou
  20. Saklouria
  21. Myxorrouma
  22. Myrtos
  23. Zou
  24. Maleme
  25. Lebena
  26. Khania
  27. Kamaizi
  28. Kommos
  29. Platyvola
  30. Vasiliki
Spy List
  • Androgoes
  • Deucalion
  • Glaucus
  • Althaemenes
  • Idomeneus
  • Salim
  • Thuwaini
  • Ariadne
  • Phaedra
  • Acacallis



A fairly simple Civ centred on sea trade. All coastal cities generate Golden Age points based on the population, and with a spawn bias near the coast this'll help just start on the right track to one. Acquire Sailing earlier than usual and build a couple of Galeás for speedy unhindered exploration around your locale. Station them at points where Barbarians would be likely to spawn to protect your future Cargo Ships. The Anaktora is great, adding +1 or +2 Happiness onto an utterly mandatory Building, and providing a little extra useful Science during Golden Ages. Get all of the Gold and Scientific Buildings in your Capital, or other most suitable City, and centralise your trade network onto that City for the most impact from this feature. Needless to say, Chichen Itza and Universal Suffrage are helpful, and the Colossus deserves high priority. Diplomacy Victory is probable from the Gold you're set to make, but a Spaceship Procurement-backed Science Victory is possible too.


Peace Theme War Theme

Minoa - Minos - Peace


Minoa - Minos - War

"Eurydice Awaits", composed by Yannis Markopoulos "Mythodea Movement 10", by Vangelis.

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Events and Decisions[]

Hold Bull Leaping Festivals[]

The prosperity we have experienced this era cannot be ignored! We must thank our people and give praise to all that is holy for the joyous and peaceful years that have passed! Let us hold a Bull Leaping Festival to commemorate!


  • Player must be the Minoans
  • Player must be Happy Happy
  • Player must be at peace
  • Must have researched Animal Husbandry
  • May only be enacted once per era


  • 200 (+100 per Era) Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate


  • FaithIcon Faith
  • Empire enters a Goldenage Golden Age

Note: The length of the Goldenage Golden Age and amount of FaithIcon Faith you receive will increase with the number of Pastures within the Empire

Construct the Great Labyrinth[]

Cursed by the gods, your wife has given birth to a great monstrosity. Allowing this beast freedom is a threat to both your reputation and the safety of your kingdom. We must construct an elaborate Labyrinth from which this creature stands no chance of escape!


  • Player must be the Minoans
  • Player must have Anaktora in all cities
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 350 Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates


  • The Great Labyrinth will be constructed in your Capital Capital

Art by Pouakai

Great Labyrinth
  • +3 CultureIcon Culture, +3 FaithIcon Faith
  • Has 1 slot for a Greatwork Great Work of Writing 

The Phaistos Disc[]

Our workers have discovered a mysterious relic in Phaistos; a clay disc 15 cm in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning eludes the best of our scholars.

Option 1: Obviously they are ancient ledgers!

  • Anaktora increase a city's Gold Gold output by +15%

Option 2: They must be religious texts!

  • Anaktora increase a city's CultureIcon Culture output by +15%

Option 3: Perhaps they are records of ancient Minoan science?

  • Anaktora increase a city's Science Science output by +15%

Cities in Development[]

Colony List
  1. Heraclea Minoa
  2. Kalami
  3. Mochlos
  4. Agia Pelagia
  5. Stylos
  6. Praisos
  7. Armenoi
  8. Platanos
  9. Monastiraki
  10. Archanes
  11. Atlantis

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now building labyrinths and jumping bulls. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 3
Last Updated: 07 January 2017

  • Pouakai: XML
  • Sukritact: Art, E&D Support, Lua
  • Leugi: Unit Model, Leaderhead
  • JFD: Lua, Bugfixing
  • Reedstilt: Pedias
  • Andrew Holt: DoM Voiceover

Notes and References[]

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