Saturday, 16 February 2013

Minoan Master of the Palace

This Minoan Seal caught my eye the other day.

Is this a god guarding a palace or a monarch proclaiming his status as ruler?

The Minoan culture shared some traits with later Classical Greek culture but this positioning suggests a confidence almost arrogance that reminds us that Helladic Minoan and Mycenaean cultures were dominated by aristocrats and hereditary rulers.  The Greeks didnt build palaces again on this scale with multiple storeys and towers until the Age of Alexander.