Artifacts, Greece

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All photos by Jason Mills or Jordanna Max Brodsky.

Wooden Statue of a Girl
Wooden Statue of a Girl

Although many ancient statues were carved from wood, few have survived, making this an exceptional find. This small statue, of a girl in a peplos, was found in Brauron, and was likely offered to Artemis by a supplicant seeking the goddess's protection for a young woman. Archeological Museum of Brauron

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Children at Brauron
Children at Brauron

Votive offerings found at Brauron in the form of child sculptures, given to Artemis in gratitude for her protection of children. Archeological Museum of Brauron

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Hydraulis
Hydraulis

The remains of a bronze hydraulis, or water organ, found at Dion. (See next photo.) Archeological Museum of Dion

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Hydraulis
Hydraulis

An artist's rendering of an ancient hydraulis, or water organ. One man would pump water into the base, where it would pressurize the air, while another played the keyboard. A precursor to our modern pipe organs. Archeological Museum of Dion

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Apollo at Delphi
Apollo at Delphi

A chryselephantine (gold and ivory) statue of Apollo recovered at Delphi. The ivory has blackened with age. Delphi Archeological Museum

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Omphalos
Omphalos

A marble copy of the "omphalos," or "navel" stone of the world, covered in a woolen net, that would have stood inside the Pythia's sacred chamber in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Delphi Archeological Museum

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Oldest Sheet Music
Oldest Sheet Music

A Hymn to Apollo, found at Delphi, with markings indicating the melody. Considered the oldest musical notation in the world. Delphi Archeological Museum

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Mycenaean Sword
Mycenaean Sword

Gold and electrum decorations still shine on this corroded Mycenaean bronze blade. National Archeological Museum, Athens

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Sacred Gate Lion
Sacred Gate Lion

A 6th century BC funerary statue found near the Sacred Gate in the Kerameikos Cemetery. Kerameikos Archeological Museum, Athens

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Sacred Gate Kouros
Sacred Gate Kouros

A 7th century BC funerary statue in the Kerameikos Cemetery. A kouros, or "youth." The statue was found buried beneath the Sacred Way that led from Athens to Eleusis. Kerameikos Archeological Museum, Athens

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Varvakeion Athena
Varvakeion Athena

In the 5th century BC, a colossal 40 foot tall gold and ivory statue of Athena Parthenos stood in the Parthenon. It has since been lost. This statuette, from the 3rd century AD, is the best surviving copy. National Museum of Archeology, Athens

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Trojan Horse Vase
Trojan Horse Vase

Known as the Mykonos Vase. It dates from the 7th century BC, making it the oldest known artifact to depict the Trojan Horse. Note the warriors peeking out through the sides. Archeological Museum of Mykonos, Greece

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Minotaur
Minotaur

A Roman copy of Greek original. A hole in its mouth means It likely served as a fountain on the Acropolis. The Minotaur, half man, half bull, is the feared monster at the center of the Labyrinth. National Archeological Museum, Athens

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Mask of Agamemnon
Mask of Agamemnon

A gold death mask found in a burial site in ancient Mycenae. Dated to the 16th century BC. National Archeological Museum, Athens

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Bee Pendant
Bee Pendant

A stunning example of gold jewelry from the Minoan culture, about 1700 BC. It shows two bees storing a drop of honey in a honeycomb. Archeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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Bull's-head Rhyton
Bull's-head Rhyton

A stone libation vase from the 16th century BC. Liquid could pour out of the nostrils. Minoan culture. Think Minotaur! Archeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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The Phaistos Disc
The Phaistos Disc

A 17th century BC example of Minoan script, still untranslated today. Archeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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Bull Leapers Fresco
Bull Leapers Fresco

16th century BC, found at the Palace of Knossos, the supposed site of the Labyrinth. Archeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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