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Pompeii, once called the "City of the Dead," gives a marvelous sense of day-to-day Roman life.

Pompeii, an introduction







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