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(Swipe>>) The ruins of Minoan "Hagia Triada" are just a couple klicks west of Phaistos, the first Minoan palace I posted about. Though built a few hundred years later, its ruins are not in quite as good condition. It also doesn't really check all the boxes of a classic Minoan palace (there's no main courtyard, for example). Hmmm.
One low point in the 2500-year reign of the Minoans on Crete occurred around 1400BC when all the palaces on Crete were destroyed at roughly the same time. Earthquakes and a nearby volcanic eruption might have had something to do with this, but the current consensus is that the war-loving Mycenaeans we met a couple weeks ago in the Peloponnese conquered Crete.
Minoan civilization is older, and had an immeasurable influence on the Mycenaeans and other mainland Greek groups. But the reverse also happened; and while Minoan culture still dominates, you see Mycenaean influences after about 1400BC: thus the deviations seen in this "palace" versus all the other ones we'll see.
While the ruins here aren't as impressive as Phaistos, some of the artifacts they excavated were more so. This post just includes one: the last five images are details from frescoes on a 14thC BC sarcophagus found here, showing religious processions. This kind of imagery is one of the few sources of information we have about the culture of the Minoans. Some notes on slides 6-10:
6> A trussed-up bull being presented for sacrifice, while a dude plays a double flute.
7> Two women pouring libations into a container. (Note the two "double axes": I'm probably going to have to dedicate a post to those shortly.)
8> A pig(?) also being presented for sacrifice, and looking awfully proud of the fact.
9> Woman playing a lyre.
10> Two chicks riding a chariot led by a griffon. How sweet a ride is that?
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