The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 17: Iraklion Museum, Architecture & Art

We continue our tour of the fabulous Museum of Archaeology with a focus on architecture, pottery development, and other arts.

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years. My first months-long trip was as a hippie backpacker, camping in the ruins and falling under the spell of the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture. This time, I got to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. This new blog series started October 19, 2019, and will continue every Saturday.

Going through the many photos Thor and I took of the museum exhibits, I’m finding it a real challenge to select the most striking or representative while following some semblance of chronology. So I’m separating some of the many threads — from Ariadne’s strand guiding us through the labyrinth — to clarify topics for each blog post. I’m roughly categorizing, though of course there are overlaps, and in upcoming posts I will cover the famous frescoes decorating walls of the Minoan palace complexes, then religious and burial practices. Again, a caveat: I am not a historian, just a traveler, reader, and enthusiast of Greek culture.

In previous posts, Thor and I visited the sites of palace-complexes at Phaestos and Knossos. Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s excavated and partially restored the complex at Knossos, and his interpretations (though controversial) allow the visitor to walk through and experience them in three dimensions.

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 17: Iraklion Museum, Architecture & Art — 4 Comments

  1. The Minoan renditions of animals, especially marine ones, are more detailed and accurate than many of the portrayals in pre-19th century western texts.

    • Thanks, Thor — you are the scientific expert! That was why I chose your photo of the “marine style” vase, quite aside from how gorgeous it is.