Artifacts, Greece

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All photos by Jason Mills or Jordanna Max Brodsky.

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

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

Delphi Archeological Museum
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
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
Mycenaean Sword
Gold and electrum decorations still shine on this corroded Mycenaean bronze blade.

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

Kerameikos Archeological Museum, Athens
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Phaistos Disc
A 17th century BC example of Minoan script, still untranslated today.
Archeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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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