Location Country: Greece



Kamares ware jug
This delicate type of pottery helps us understand the far-reaching trade networks in the ancient Mediterranean.

Kamares Ware Jug


Hagia Triada sarcophagus
This beautifully painted sarcophagus depicts an elaborate burial ritual—was it made for royalty?

Hagia Triada sarcophagus


Bull's head rhyton from the palace at Knossos
This hollow stone vessel in the shape of a bull's head is both frighteningly realistic and beautifully stylized.

Bull’s Head Rhyton



Harvester Vase from Hagia Triada
The exuberant procession depicted on this small but luxurious object celebrates the fruits of farming the land.

Harvester Vase


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


Snake goddess from the palace at Knossos
Goddess, priestess, or simply a Minoan woman? Mysteries abound in this small figurine from Knossos.

Snake Goddess





Knossos
The archaeological site of Knossos (on the island of Crete) —traditionally called a palace—is the second most popular tourist attraction in all of Greece.

The Palace at Knossos (Crete)



Hidden under volcanic ash for millennia, the beautiful frescoes in the houses of Akrotiri were recently unearthed.

Akrotiri, Thera



Eleusis Amphora
This ancient pot depicts not one, but two myths: Perseus slaying Medusa and Odysseus blinding the cyclops.

Eleusis Amphora


The god Apollo spoke through his priestess at Delphi, and Greek cities competed for his favor with offerings.

Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi


The Erechtheion, 421-405 B.C.E., Classical period, Acropolis, Athens
Perched on a cliff high above Athens, this complex temple is very different from its neighbor, the Parthenon.

The Erechtheion


Modern artists fell in the love with these abstract 5000 year old sculptures—but what was their real meaning?

Male Harp Player from Keros



Artemision Zeus or Poseidon, oblique view, c. 460 B.C.E.
This bronze god sank to the bottom of the sea where he sat for millennia, but who is he and what can he tell us?

Artemision Zeus or Poseidon


“Stay and mourn at the monument of dead Kroisos, who raging Ares slew as he fought in the front ranks.”

Anavysos Kouros


Peplos Kore (detail)
What’s in a name? Discover whether this ancient Greek offering is an idealized young woman or a goddess.

Peplos Kore