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Minos and the Heroes of Homer: The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean. The Prehistoric Aegean. Homer. The Iliad. Heinrich Schliemann. Mycenae. Troy. The prehistoric Aegean is divided into three geographic areas: Cycladic Islands (so called because they circle around Delos) Cycladic Art

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Minos and the Heroes of Homer:

The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean



Homer

The Iliad



Mycenae

Troy


The prehistoric Aegean is divided into three geographic areas:

Cycladic Islands (so called because they circle around Delos)

Cycladic Art

Early, Middle, Late

Crete

Minoan Art

Early, Middle, Late

The Greek Mainland

Helladic Art

Early, Middle, Late (Mycenaean)


Cycladic Art areas:


Cycladic Figurine of a Woman areas:

Syros, Greece

2500-2300 BC

Marble

1’ 6” high


Cycladic Male Lyre Player areas:

Keros, Greece

2700-2500 BC

Marble

9” high


Minoan Art areas:

(Crete)





Stairwell in the Residential Quarter of the Palace at Knossos

Knossos, Crete

1700-1400 BC


Stairwell in the Residential Quarter of the Palace at Knossos

Knossos, Crete

1700-1400 BC


Bull-leaping Knossos

The Palace of Knossos, Crete

1450-1400 BC, Fresco, @ 2’ 8” high




Boxing Fresco Knossos

at

Knossos


Miniature Ships Fresco Knossos

From Room 5, West House,

Akrotiri, Thera (Cycladic Islands)

1650 BC

Fresco, @ 1’ 5” high


Miniature Ships Fresco from Room 5, West House, Knossos

Akrotiri, Thera (Cycladic Islands)

1650 BC

Fresco, @ 1’ 5” high


Spring Fresco Knossos

Akrotiri, Thera (Cycladic Islands)

1650 BC, Fresco, @ 7’ 6” high


Spring Fresco Knossos

Akrotiri, Thera (Cycladic Islands)

1650 BC, Fresco, @ 7’ 6” high


Kamares ware Knossos


Kamares Ware (Jar) Knossos

From Phaistos, Crete

1800-1700 BC

@ 1’ 8” high


Minoan Vase Knossos

in the

Kamares Style

from

Phaestos

1800 BCE


Kamares Ware Knossos

from the

Palace

at Phaestos

1800 BCE



Minoan Krater Knossos

with

Applied Floral Decoration

1800 BCE


Minoan Jar Knossos

in the

Marine Style “Octopus Jar”

Palaikastro, Crete

1500 BC

@ 11” high


Minoan Vase Knossos

in the

Marine Style

Crete

1500 BC


Harvester Vase Knossos

Hagia Triada, Crete

1500 BC

Steatite

Greatest Diameter

@ 5”


Snake Goddess Knossos

Palace at Knossos

1600 BC

Faience

@ 1’ 1 1/2” high


Helladic Art Knossos


"The Greeks appear apt to regard with greater wonder foreign sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

[Pausanias, Description of Greece 9.36.5]


Citadel of Tiryns sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Greece

1400-1200 BC


Citadel of Tiryns sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Greece

1400-1200 BC


Citadel of Tiryns sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Greece

1400-1200 BC


Citadel of Tiryns sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Greece

1400-1200 BC


Corbeled passageway in the walls of the citadel at Tiryns sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."


Three methods of spanning a passageway: sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

a. post and lintel

b. corbeled arch

c. arch


Aerial View of Mycenae, Greece sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."


Mycenae, Greece sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

1300-1250 BC


Cyclopian Walls at the Lion’s Gate to Mycenae sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."


Lion Gate sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece, 1300-1250 BC

Limestone, relief panel @ 9’ 6” high


Lion Gate sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece,

1300-1250 BC

Limestone,

relief panel @ 9’ 6” high


Back of Lion Gate sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece, 1300-1250 BC

Limestone, relief panel @ 9’ 6” high


Treasury of Atreus sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece

1300-1250 BC


Vault of the Tholos of the Treasury of Atreus sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece

1300-1250 BC

@ 43’ high


Funerary Mask sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

from Grave Circle A

Mycenae, Greece

1600-1500 BC

Beaten Gold

@ 1’ high


Repousse’ Technique sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."


Warrior Vase sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

Mycenae, Greece

1200 BC

@ 1’ 4” high


Mycenaean Pottery sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."

14th to 13th Centuries BCE


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