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This amazing floor mosaic from a Roman villa depicts the exploits of Theseus. The middle of the mosaic was created in the form of the labyrinth in Crete and in the center, how fitting....the image of the ancient Greek hero slaying the dreaded Minotaur.

The artifact is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Antikensammlung, Vienna, Austria.

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The colorful fresco named the "Priest-King" by Sir Arthur Evans upon its discovery at the Minoan Palace in Knossos in 1901 is one of the most recognizable artifacts from the island of Crete.

While not in-situ, it was restored and is on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου).

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One of the greatest artifacts from Crete, the Minoan Bull’s Head rhyton, ca. 1450 BC from the Palace of Knossos Crete.

The artifact is on display at the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου) in Crete.

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A lovely gold and ivory statuette of a Minoan snake goddess, from the island of Crete (dating is inconclusive, possibly 1600 BC).

The artifact is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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An archival photo of a younger Arthur Evans (on the far left) who is best remembered for excavating the palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, one of the world's most famous archaeological sites.

Even though the ruins at Knossos were discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos, it wasn't until 1900 when Arthur Evans, bought the entire site and began excavations.

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An archival image, ca. 1900 of the discovery of amphorae at the archaeological site of Knossos in Crete under the auspices of Sir Arthur Evans.

The palace where these artifacts were recovered is one of the iconic landmarks of Greece and is considered by several historians to be Europe's oldest city.

Knossos has been acknowledged as a dominant Bronze Age culture in the Aegean, however, recent excavations of the ancient city have led archaeologists to believe it is three times larger than what earlier was believed.

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A lovely Bronze Age, Minoan pithos (storage container), ca. 1400 BC detailed with the Labrys which is the symmetrical double-headed axe.

The artifact is on display at the The Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου) in Crete.

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One of the most famous frescoes, ca. 1500 BC from the Bronze Age Palace of Minos at Knossos on the island of Crete.

The artifact is on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου).

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An exceptional image in muted tones which lends a timeless quality to the Palace of Knossos (Κνωσός) in Crete (Κρήτη). One of the most important of Greece's archaeological discoveries, the ruins are a testament to the Bronze Age Minoan civilization.

When it exactly flourished is subject to debate, however, what can not be argued is that the remaining buildings are magnificent to behold.

Attribution: +Vasilios Gavrilis

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From an archaeological point of view, the terms, "Knossos," and "palace," are somewhat ambiguous. The palace was never just the residence of a monarch, although it contained rooms that might have been suitable for a royal family. Most of the structures, however, were designed to serve a civic, religious and economic center. The term palace complex is more accurate. In ancient times, Knossos was a town surrounding and including Kephala Hill. This hill was never an acropolis in the Greek sense. It had no steep heights, remained unfortified, and was not very high off the surrounding ground. These circumstances cannot necessarily be imputed to other Minoan palaces. Phaestos, contemporaneous with Knossos, was placed on a steep ridge, controlling access to the Mesara Plain from the sea, and was walled.


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The lovely colors and the detail of the octopus and its tentacles are defined in a frescoe from the Minoan Palace at Knossos on the island of Crete.

Knossos has been acknowledged as a dominant Bronze Age culture in the Aegean, however, recent excavations of the ancient city have led archaeologists to believe it is three times larger than what earlier excavations documented...it is amazing news which hopefully may yield more discoveries and artifacts.

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