sir arthur evans excavated the site of knossos on crete in 1899
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DESCRIPTIONSir Arthur Evans excavated the site of Knossos on Crete in 1899. Homer’s description of Minoans in the Odyssey (19.172-179). There is a land called Crete . . . ringed by the wine-dark sea with rolling whitecaps— handsome country, fertile, thronged with people - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Sir Arthur Evans excavated the site of Knossos on Crete in 1899
Homers description of Minoans in the Odyssey (19.172-179)There is a land called Crete . . .ringed by the wine-dark sea with rolling whitecapshandsome country, fertile, thronged with peoplewell past countingboasting ninety cities,language mixing with language side-by-side.First come the Achaeans, then the native Cretans,hardy, gallant in action, then Cydonian clansmen,Dorians living in three tribes, and proud Pelasgians last.Central to all their cities is magnificent Cnossos,the site where Minos ruled and each ninth yearconferred with almighty Zeus himself.
The Throne Room from the palace at Knossos (late 15th c. BCE)
Dolphin Frieze from the palace at Knossos (c. 1500 BCE)
Blue Bird Fresco from the House of Frescoes at Knossos (c. 1500 BCE)
Bull-jumping Fresco from the palace at Knossos(c. 1500 BCE)
Bull at the Royal Gate (from the palace at Knossos)
Bull Rhyton (libation vase), from the Little Palace at Knossos (c. 1550-1500 BCE)
Plan of the Palace at Knossos.(Architecture built around a Central Courtyard)
Pasiphae and Daedalus (wall painting from Pompeii)
Heroes of AthensHerakles: popular under the Peisistratids (a clan counting a number of tyrants who ruled Athens before it became a democracy). Theseus: after the ousting of the Peisistratids in 510 BCE, Theseus becomes the central hero of the Athenians.
Aegeus (and Poseidon) of Athens
Aethra of Trozen
The myth of Theseus has been called the story of the Athenian Ephebe System
The death of the old king represents the destruction of the past
Theseus has just defeated the Minotaur and is receiving thanks from the youths he has saved
The Minotaur as self-portrait.Picasso.
Minotauromachy (fight against the bull)