TROY AND MYCENAE

ANCIENT TROY

ANCIENT TROY

A glimpse of the current archaeological site of King Priams great city. The lovely paved ramp is from the Roman period of the city.

ANCIENT MYCENAE

ANCIENT MYCENAE

A view of the acropolis from which Agamemnon ruled from.

MYCENAEAN

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPS

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPS

The areas of Greece contributing contingents for the Trojan war, and the allies that would assist the Trojans.

BULL FRESCO

BULL FRESCO

A partially reconstructed example of Mycenaean fresco, note the figure leaping and grabbing the horns of a bull.

THE LION GATE

THE LION GATE

Monumental entry to Mycenae, constructed in the 13th century BCE it enclosed grave circle A which is located just inside and to the right of picture.

TOMB OF AGAMEMNON

TOMB OF AGAMEMNON

The processional dromos (avenue) leading into the Tholos tomb of Mycenaean royalty.

INSIDE THE THOLOS

INSIDE THE THOLOS

View looking out of the tomb of Agamemnon. Note the size of the lintel over the doorway.

LINEAR B

LINEAR B

An example of Linear B script. It has much in common with earlier script of Crete known as Linear A.

BOAR TUSK HELM

BOAR TUSK HELM

A Mycenaean boar tusk encrusted helm, the type Odysseus was armed with before heading out on a raid against Troy.

VOLUTE KRATER

VOLUTE KRATER

Housed in the British Museum, this Krater (wine jug) shows Iphigenia being led to the sacrificial alter, her father wields the dagger and Artemis and Apollo watch on.

HELEN

Helen with Priam

Helen with Priam

Stock image of Helen above the Scaean gate watching, as the lines of battle draw apart, a duel between her two husbands begin.

Helen at the Scaean gate

Helen at the Scaean gate

By Gustave Moreau (c1880) This image of a faceless Helen speaks to her every-woman quality. Is her face turned in despair or a longing for home?

Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan

By Cesare de Sesto, 1505 to 1510. A famous painting showing Zeus in swan form, Leda and the 4 children of the mythical union.

Abduction of Helen

Abduction of Helen

By Francesco Primaticcio, 1530 to 1539. Showing Helen being carted off to her fate with Aphrodite watching on.

Abduction of Helen

Abduction of Helen

By Luca Giordano, this image shows Helen writhing as she is carried away by Paris

Theseus and Pierithous

Theseus and Pierithous

Showing the two heroes playing dice over the fate of Helen of Sparta.

Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

Where the ancient tragedians, Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles plied their trade in 5th BCE, Athens.

DIOSCURI

MARBLE RELIEF OF THE DIOSCURI

MARBLE RELIEF OF THE DIOSCURI

2nd Centure CE sculpture depicting the twins with their ever present steeds, beneath their stars.

The temple of Castor and Pollux

The temple of Castor and Pollux

Remains of the Dioscuri's temple in the Forum Romanum.

Calydonian boar hunt

Calydonian boar hunt

In this image we see Atalanta in purple, with bow in hand. Meleager is dealing the final blow with our twins hemming the beast in from horse back.

The Argo's escape from Colchis

The Argo's escape from Colchis

In this image we see Medea casting her younger brother overboard.

Constellation Gemini

Constellation Gemini

The twins final resting place in the stars.

ANTHOLOGY OF MYTH

Perseus with Medusa's head

Perseus with Medusa's head

This 1554 statue by Benvenuto Cellini shows our hero at his moment of victory. Note the hooked sword, a gift from the god Hephaestus.

Oedipus and the Sphinx

Oedipus and the Sphinx

An 1864 painting by one of my favourite artists, Gustave Moreau. In the foreground you can see the remains of those who answered the riddle incorrectly.

Bellerophon and Chimera

Bellerophon and Chimera

This black figure image from the 6th century is from the region of Laconia, possibly made by the Perioeci who lived in the spartan surrounds.

Yanartas, the chimera flames.

Yanartas, the chimera flames.

Burning since ancient times, this place in southern Turkey is believed to be where the Chimera fell to the earth dead, slain by Bellerophon.

BRONZE AGE COLLAPSE

Treat of Kadesh

Treat of Kadesh

This is the fragmentary remains of the Hittite's formal acceptance of terms with the Egyptian's. Inscribed in Cuneiform.

Sea people relief

Sea people relief

This relief is inscribed on the mortuary temple of Ramses the third. The sea people are shown surrounded by the Egyptian forces, the big guy with the bow is Ramses himself, showing his men how it's done.

Ugarit

Ugarit

The remains of the once proud city of Ugarit.

Sea people migrations.

Sea people migrations.

An impression of possible sea people migrations, and other invasions of the late bronze age.

Uluburun shipwreck

Uluburun shipwreck

A perfectly preserved time capsule of eastern Mediterranean trade during the bronze age.

DARK AGE LACONIA

The Menelaion

The Menelaion

The iron age Spartan's set up a sanctuary here to worships, Helen, the Dioscuri and Menelaus. Nearby are the most significant Mycenaean remains in Laconia. This is possibly the location of Homeric Sparta.

The Eurotas river

The Eurotas river

The main arterial of Laconia

The Taygetos range

The Taygetos range

A view of modern Sparta with the famous Taygetos range looming in the background.

The Peloponnese

The Peloponnese

Sparta's location within the peninsula.

Topographical map of early Sparta

Topographical map of early Sparta

Showing the location of the 4 original village, acropolis and religious sanctuaries. Circa 950 BCE.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Jason and Serpent alternate

Jason and Serpent alternate

An image showing a different version of Apollonius's story. Jason is regurgitated by the snake with the aid of Athena. Resting in the background is the fleece.

Amikos bound

Amikos bound

Another alternate scene, depicting King Amikos in chains rather than beaten to death by Polydeuces.

The Boreads

The Boreads

The brothers Zetes and Calais assist Phineus.

APOLLO'S FAITHFUL

Apollo and Hyacinthus

Apollo and Hyacinthus

A morose Apollo cradles the dying Hyacinthus.

The Serpent Column

The Serpent Column

Taken in 2012, the Serpent column by night in Istanbul.

Athena of the Brazen House

Athena of the Brazen House

These are the remains of Athena's temple within Sparta, resting on the edge of the acropolis.

Temple of Artemis Orthia

Temple of Artemis Orthia

The remains of the temple of Artemis Orthia in Sparta.

Apollo Karneios

Apollo Karneios

This image depicts Apollo with rams horns sprouting from his head.

RAISING SPARTANS

KYNISKA INSCRIPTION

KYNISKA INSCRIPTION

The inscription of Kyniska, sister of King Agesilaus, on winning the wreath in the 4 horse chariot event.

SPARTAN BOY TAKEN TO THE AGOGE

SPARTAN BOY TAKEN TO THE AGOGE

From Frank Miller adaptation of 300, this image speaks of the harshness of Spartan society.

Young-Spartans-Exercising-Edgar-Degas

Young-Spartans-Exercising-Edgar-Degas

This 19th century painting by Edgar Degas was apparently inspired by Plutarch's life of Lycurgus and depicts, for my mind at least, how Spartan youths would have exercised. Mt Taygetos rises in the background.

spartan-woman

spartan-woman

This bronze figurine is believed to depict a young Spartan women either running or more likely dancing.

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Abduction of Helen

By Francesco Primaticcio, 1530 to 1539. Showing Helen being carted off to her fate with Aphrodite watching on.