TROY AND MYCENAE
A glimpse of the current archaeological site of King Priams great city. The lovely paved ramp is from the Roman period of the city.
A view of the acropolis from which Agamemnon ruled from.
THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPS
The areas of Greece contributing contingents for the Trojan war, and the allies that would assist the Trojans.
A partially reconstructed example of Mycenaean fresco, note the figure leaping and grabbing the horns of a bull.
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
The processional dromos (avenue) leading into the Tholos tomb of Mycenaean royalty.
INSIDE THE THOLOS
View looking out of the tomb of Agamemnon. Note the size of the lintel over the doorway.
An example of Linear B script. It has much in common with earlier script of Crete known as Linear A.
BOAR TUSK HELM
A Mycenaean boar tusk encrusted helm, the type Odysseus was armed with before heading out on a raid against Troy.
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 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
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
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
By Francesco Primaticcio, 1530 to 1539. Showing Helen being carted off to her fate with Aphrodite watching on.
Abduction of Helen
By Luca Giordano, this image shows Helen writhing as she is carried away by Paris
Theseus and Pierithous
Showing the two heroes playing dice over the fate of Helen of Sparta.
Theatre of Dionysus
Where the ancient tragedians, Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles plied their trade in 5th BCE, Athens.
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
Remains of the Dioscuri's temple in the Forum Romanum.
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
In this image we see Medea casting her younger brother overboard.
The twins final resting place in the stars.
ANTHOLOGY OF MYTH
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
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
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.
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
This is the fragmentary remains of the Hittite's formal acceptance of terms with the Egyptian's. Inscribed in Cuneiform.
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.
The remains of the once proud city of Ugarit.
Sea people migrations.
An impression of possible sea people migrations, and other invasions of the late bronze age.
A perfectly preserved time capsule of eastern Mediterranean trade during the bronze age.
DARK AGE LACONIA
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 main arterial of Laconia
The Taygetos range
A view of modern Sparta with the famous Taygetos range looming in the background.
Sparta's location within the peninsula.
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
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.
Another alternate scene, depicting King Amikos in chains rather than beaten to death by Polydeuces.
The brothers Zetes and Calais assist Phineus.
Apollo and Hyacinthus
A morose Apollo cradles the dying Hyacinthus.
The Serpent Column
Taken in 2012, the Serpent column by night in Istanbul.
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
The remains of the temple of Artemis Orthia in Sparta.
This image depicts Apollo with rams horns sprouting from his head.
The inscription of Kyniska, sister of King Agesilaus, on winning the wreath in the 4 horse chariot event.
SPARTAN BOY TAKEN TO THE AGOGE
From Frank Miller adaptation of 300, this image speaks of the harshness of Spartan society.
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.
This bronze figurine is believed to depict a young Spartan women either running or more likely dancing.