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date: 06 February 2023

Knossoslocked

Knossoslocked

  • Anthony James Whitley

Summary

Knossos is an ancient city in North Central Crete. It was an important political community both in the Bronze Age (when it had a large courtyard structure normally called a palace at its centre) and in historical times (when it remained an important polis down to the Roman conquest). Major excavations of the site began in 1878 and have continued to this day. It retains strong associations both with its excavators (principally Arthur Evans), the ancient myths of Minos and the Minotatur and the idea that it was the centre of a lost ‘Minoan’ civilisation. The city was abandoned around 650 ce after which it lay in the shadow of its larger neighbour, Heraklion.

Subjects

  • Greek Material Culture: Bronze Age
  • Greek Material Culture
  • Roman Material Culture

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