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History of Greece: Periods


(circa 400,000 13,000 BP)

Mesolithic (circa 10,000 7000 BCE)

Neolithic (circa 7000 3000 BCE)

Bronze Age (circa 3300 1150 BCE) Cycladic (circa 3300 2000 BCE) Minoan (circa 2600 1200 BCE) Helladic (circa 2800 1600 BCE) Mycenaean or Late Helladic (circa 1600 1100 BCE) Ages (circa 1100 700 BCE) (circa 700 480 BCE) (480 323 BCE)




Hellenistic (323 30 BCE)

Greek coin,150BC. word' Knossos' imprinted

Coin from Gnossus, a city on the north coast of the Island of Crete

Sir Arthur Evans

Knossos Palace

The Throne Room

"Prince of lilies" or "Priest-king Relief", plaster relief at the end of the Corridor of Processions

Gold necklace beads from the cemetery at Archanes Phourni, Late Minoan III period. Herakleion Archaeological Museum

Toreador Fresco from the Palace of Knossos - c. 1400 BCE

Minoan Signet Ring

Minoan Terracotta

Perseus and Taurus the Bull

Bull horns . religious symbol in the Cretan Minoan culture (2000 BCE - 1450 BCE) palace of Knossos

The Hagia Triada sarcophagus. late Bronze Age. 1400 BC. limestone . rediscovered in Hagia Triada on Crete

Wall painting from the tomb of Methethi, Saqqara, Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, c2371-2350 BC.

ancient Minoan Crete found in Knossos palace 17th-15th centuries BC


Shiva's Bull..

stone seal. Hania crete

(Sa Huynh) . .

Archaeological site of Agia Triada

Frescoes of Dolphins. The door leads to the "bedroom of the queen"

columns at Knossos

Snake Goddess from Knossos, Crete - c. 1600 BCE

Goddesses Found in Kavoursi Excavation

Ladies In Blue, Fresco

Unknown , Minoan Fresco

Octopus vase, Minoan, c. 1500 BCE, 28cm, from Palaikastro, Crete

Minoan "Palace style," vessel (ca. 15th century BCE, Athens National Museum)

Stirrup jar with octopus, (ca. 12001100 b.c.; Late Helladic IIIC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Terracotta rhyton painted in "Marine Style" with murexes (Zakros, Late Minoan IB, ca. 1525/1500-1450 B.C.) (Courtesy Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)

Gold Double Axe, Knossos

Wall painting from the tomb of a nobleman named Nebamun

Blue Monkey Fresco, Palace of Knossos, Minoan, c.1500 BC

1600-1580 B.C. (Late Minoan I) Palace of Knossos, Crete; now in the Herakleion Museum, Crete

Minoan sarcophagi from Aghia Triada decorated with the double-axe, the sign of transcendence and the afterlife

Mycenian-Minoan gold ring (Archeological Museum, Athens), four emissaries from the other world (or Egypt?), wearing animal masks, bring ritual presents to the Queen