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Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

By |2018-11-20T09:44:50+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art|

The beginning of meanders? An Egyptian pot with spirals (Naqada II, ca. 4000 BC) What is a meander? A meander is a kind of pattern that artists used to decorate the borders or edges of pictures. They're called meanders because "meander" means to wander. So these are lines that wander around before they [...]

Atreus and Thyestes – House of Atreus – The Curse

By |2018-04-23T08:13:25+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Atreus and Thyestes were brothers, the sons of Pelops and Hippodameia. The brothers grew up together and played together. But instead of loving each other, they were always rivals in everything. This may have been partly because of the curses on Tantalus, their grandfather, and Pelops, their father. When they grew up, Atreus married the daughter of the King of Mycenae, and so he [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean Greek painting

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

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 [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean architecture

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

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 [...]