Europe has many ancient civilizations. From west of the Black Sea all the way to Ireland, the people began to organise themselves into societies with rules and laws. Writing was invented, armies formed and, of course, taxes imposed. Of the earliest of these regulated collectives was the Minoan of Crete and the Aegean islands of Greece. The Minoan language and writing systems remain undeciphered and linguists debate them still. The following is a look at this much-lauded civilization.