An off shoot to the Trojan war thread. Minoan civilization enjoyed 500 years of prosperity through their flourishing trading efforts, but a series of natural disasters would start their decline. about 1500 BC, a huge earthquake destroyed the palaces of Minoa, and about 50 years later, the volcanic island of Strongphyle, erupted, tearing apart the island , The destruction caused by this catastrophe is unknown, it is estimated to have been five times greater than the eruption of krakato in 1883. afterwards, the Minoan civilization was weakened due to the collapse of their cities. They were then conquered by the Myceneans who had developed on the Greek mainland. Mycenae dominated after 1500 BC , Linear A did not appear after that date, only Linear B did: a mixture of early Greek writing and Linear A. Gradually Minoan economic and palace life died out as more Mycenaens began to take over the area, and by 1400 BC, the civilization of Minoa had collapsed.