The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 30: Naxos Museum, continued

After a break to explore the north end of the island, Thor and I return to finish our tour of the ancient riches in Naxos Town’s archaeological museum.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Fertile Naxos in the Cyclades Islands has been continuously occupied since at least 4000 B.C., and the Naxos Town (also called Hora or Chora) museum offers a lovely selection of artifacts from the Neolithic period through Roman occupation and early Christian influence. It’s housed in a Venetian building grafted onto earlier Frankish fortifications, including two stone towers. Built around 1700 A.D. for a Jesuit School, it claims Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis (author of the wonderful novel Zorba the Greek) as a student. Apparently he was rather rebellious against the rules….

The somewhat shabby museum shelters a charming and valuable hodgepodge of artifacts from different ancient periods, notably the best collection of Cycladic marble figurines after that in the Athens museum. My blog post of June 15 featured Neolithic through Mycenaean finds, up to around the 11th century BC. Today we’ll start with the “Dark Ages” of Greek history from around 1100-750 BC, featuring the Geometric period of art. Note the ubiquitous “Greek key-wave” design on this vase:

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 30: Naxos Museum, continued — 4 Comments

  1. It surprises me that there were lions on the islands. The ecology was very different then.