Ancient Aegean: c. 2700-1200 B.C.E.

19th century archaeologists sought evidence for Homer’s epic poems. Instead they uncovered the bronze-age art of the Cycladic islands (in the Aegean Sea), the Minoans (on Crete), and the Mycenaeans (on the Greek mainland).

There aren’t many places in the world like Knossos—after all, it is 9,000 years old.


Octopus vase from Palaikastro
This vase with a charming image of a writhing octopus was made during the height of the Minoan sea trade.

Octopus vase