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Theotokos, Monastery, Paleokastitsa, 18th century Greek Orthodox. Corfu Ionian Island, Greece
“I Have Looked Upon the Face of Agamemnon…”
Or so Heinrich Schliemann famously uttered in a telegraph to the King of Greece after unearthing a gold death mask at his excavations in Mycenae. Last week, I went to a talk at the Indiana State Li…
A procession of lion-headed “daemons” offering libation jugs to the seated goddess who raises a ritual vessel. The sun wheel and the crescent moon are in the sky. Gold signet ring, the largest from the Mycenaean world, found in Tiryns, but made by a Minoan workshop (15th century BCE) "Britomartis was worshiped as an aspect of Potnia on Crete and Solinus identified her as the Cretan Artemis, whose emblem is the Bee, called Melissa." [paraphrase en.wikipedia].
Earthquakes may have destroyed Mycenae
The grand Mycenaens, the first Greeks, inspired the legends of the Trojan Wars, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Their culture abruptly declined around 1200 B.C., marking the start of a Dark Ages in Greece. Aerial view of Mycenae [Credit: TANN] The disappearance of the Mycenaens is a Mediterranean mystery. Leading explanations include warfare with invaders or uprising by lower classes. Some scientists also think one of the country's frequent earthquakes could have contributed to the culture's…