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14 09, 2017

The Jews and the Levant – West Asian history

By |2019-10-15T07:47:32-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Jews and the Levant: Tel Kabri, a Canaanite palace ca. 1600 BC When we first meet them... By the end of the Stone Age, the people who would eventually become known as the Hebrews, and then the Jews, were mostly settled down in villages, farming, though some of them may have been nomadic shepherds like Abraham and Isaac in the [...]

5 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Sculpture

By |2018-04-15T15:52:21-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Minoan snake goddess from Knossos In the Bronze Age there was not a lot of sculpture in Greece. In Crete, between about 1700 and 1450 BC, the Minoans produced a lot of medium-sized figurines, mainly made of bronze and ivory. Some of these show women holding snakes: this may be the goddess herself, [...]

5 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Pottery

By |2018-04-20T22:35:37-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Kamares ware (Crete, ca. 2000 BC) While the Mycenaean Greeks were making the gray Minyan Ware, the Minoans on the island of Crete were producing vividly colored pots with black backgrounds known as Kamares ware (ka-MARR-ays). Here is a Minoan octopus vase. Then in the Late Bronze Age, around 1500 BC, [...]

3 07, 2017

Ancient Greek painting – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T11:09:38-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|2 Comments

Attacking a town with ships (Thera, ca. 1600 BC) The oldest paintings in Europe are cave paintings from Western Europe, but the Greeks probably learned to create art not from the cave paintings but from West Asian and Egyptian artists who lived closer to them. Stone Age Greek artists concentrated on pottery; they [...]

2 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Greek painting

By |2018-04-22T10:38:25-07:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete (about 1500 BC) Although people in Northern Europe were doing cave paintings tens of thousands of years earlier, the first paintings from Greece are not until the Late Bronze Age, about 1700 BC. They come from the island of Crete, where the Minoans lived. Minoan people created these paintings [...]

1 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean architecture

By |2018-04-15T15:37:39-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|0 Comments

Bronze Age palace in Knossos, Crete Around 1700 BC, a great earthquake shook the island of Crete and knocked down the palaces (or big houses) that many people had been living in. The people rebuilt these palaces much bigger and more beautiful than before, but still along the same lines of all the [...]