Friday, March 5, 2010

Festos, Gortyn and Ayia Triada

I'm still one day behind, the internet connection here could be better - well, well, it's at least stable in the lobby. Here's some shots from yesterday.

This is the west court of Festos, a Minoan palace. Notice that the stairs and walkways have been interpreted as installations with cultic and ritual significance, a theory that just might be correct.

It seems like if the site of Agia Triada (holy trinity, a modern name) took over Festos influence after the MMIB destruction. It is, however, not a proper Minoan palace and there are also traces from a Mycenaean megaron.

This is a Pithos (presumably in situ) from Ayia Triada.

Gortyn is a Minoan settlement that became a archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greek polis and then turned into a Roman and Byzantine city. Anyway, this is a 4th century (BC) inscription of the local laws, all in all 17.000 characters.

1 comment:

Björn Nilsson said...

Yep, if you don't know what it is, it must have something to do with cults:-)!