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Minoan Religious Procession on Hagia Triada Sarcophagus
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Minoan Religious Procession on Hagia Triada Sarcophagus

Minoan limestone sarcophagus, c. 1400 BCE. Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete. This painting appears on one of the two longer sides of the sarcophagus. It shows a sacrificial procession, part of a funerary ritual, with a woman...
Grand Staircase of Knossos
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Grand Staircase of Knossos

The Grand Staircase was the largest staircase in the Palace of Knossos (Crete) and has been described as one of the masterpieces of Minoan architecture. It consisted of two flights of stairs repeated on each floor and framed by a colonnade...
Marine Life in Ancient Mediterranean Art
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Marine Life in Ancient Mediterranean Art

Throughout the history of the ancient Mediterranean artists were always keen to express their appreciation of the bounty of the sea. Marine life of all kinds, real and imagined, was frequently depicted on frescoes, pottery, mosaics and coins...
Minoan Royal Villa at Knossos
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Minoan Royal Villa at Knossos

The Royal Villa is located northeast of the Palace of Knossos (Crete). It was built on the east slope of the hill of Knossos and consisted of a ground floor and two other floors which survive in relatively good condition.
Minoan 'Procession Fresco' from Knossos
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Minoan 'Procession Fresco' from Knossos

Part of the reconstructed 'Procession Fresco' from Knossos showing five men walking to the right and carrying ceremonial vessels. They are dressed in kilts while their arms and legs are decorated with jewellery. Neopalacial period, 1600 -...
The Fall of Civilizations
Collectionby Mark Cartwright

The Fall of Civilizations

It seems that civilizations inevitably rise and fall no matter how big or small, and in this collection, we look at some of the most famous, spectacular, and mysterious collapses of cultures from the Romans to the Maya. War, famine, climate...
Queen's Megaron of the Palace of Knossos
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Queen's Megaron of the Palace of Knossos

The largely restored Queen's Megaron of the Palace of Knossos, Crete. The room was adorned with frescoes which today are preserved as copies in their original position. The most striking is the fresco of the Dolphins which decorated the upper...
Writing
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Writing

Writing is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It is thought that human beings developed language c. 35,000 BCE as evidenced by cave paintings from the period of the Cro-Magnon Man (c. 50,000-30,000 BCE) which appear to express...
Mycenae
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Mycenae

Mycenae was a fortified late Bronze Age city located between two hills on the Argolid plain of the Peloponnese, Greece. The acropolis today dates from between the 14th and 13th century BCE when the Mycenaean civilization was at its peak of...
Atlantis
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Atlantis

Atlantis is a legendary city described by the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 429 – 347 BCE). Atlantis, a fabulously wealthy and advanced civilization, was swept into the sea and lost forever in a story which has captured the imagination of readers...
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