A view across Quartier Mu in Malia, part of the ancient Bronze Age town that once surrounded the court complex (“palace”). The modern roof preserves the site from the elements.
A view across part of the agora of the ancient Greek city of Lato, built in the mountains. The area with the fence marks the city’s cistern; the broad flight of steps were used as seating for people to listen to whatever was going on in the agora.
The “Throne Room” at Knossos, heavily restored by Arthur Evans. It has been dated to the time of the presumed “Mycenaean” (mainland) takeover of Knossos (Late Minoan II). It is not clear if this room was really used by a king instead of a priest or priestess.
View of the Villa Jovis (“Villa of Jupiter”) on the island of Capri, Southern Italy, photographed from near the entrance to the site. This was a Roman palace built by Emperor Tiberius and completed in AD 27. He lived in this luxurious complex until his death in AD 37.
In classical architecture, we recognize five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. What is this classification based on?
The Maison Carrée (“Square House”) in the French city of Nîmes is considered the best preserved temple of the Roman world.
We finish up our chores in Phocis, talk to Herodotus at Thermopylae, and then head over to Athens, the greatest city in Greece.
Thanks to the MET, readers can now experience the ancient site of Palmyra and learn more about its history and modern plight.
Throughout the centuries, the acropolis of Ialysos has been the site of a number of religious buildings. Let’s take a look at these structures.
Continuing our adventure, we explore the island of Cephalonia. Comments on ancient Greek mercenaries, clothing, architecture, and more.