Knossos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes

This video is called Knossos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes. Until its discovery, Knossos was merely a legend mentioned vaguely in Homer’s Odyssey and represents a wealthy and sophisticated society of circa 2160 – 1600 BC. Originally Knossos was the find of a Cretan merchant and antiquarian in 1878 by the name of Kalokairios. The British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans furthered the research of this remarkable find in 1900. The  fresco on the walls have been restored and they include the Bull-leaping, the Griffin, The Prince of Lilies and the Charging Bull. It is thought that Knossos was destroyed by a combination of earth quakes and invading Mycenaeans around 1450 BC. The volcanic eruption of the Island of Thera (modern day Santorini) and a subsequent tsunami, has long been thought to be a factor in its destruction.

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8 thoughts on “Knossos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes

  1. Fascinating. We heard a lot about Arthur Evans in the classics summer school I did recently. It seems he was a very careful and principled excavator, unlike Schliemann of Troy fame who destroyed half of Priam’s Troy by digging a whacking great trench right through the site, thinking the lowest level was the Troy he was looking for , when in fact it was on the second level. He did find graves and treasure but they weren’t from the time he claimed and no, he didn’t “gaze upon the face of Agamemnon”. I love this stuff!

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