Episode 102b: Colourful Keftiu

Twilight on Crete.

In 1370 BCE, an Egyptian embassy visited the Aegean. As part of their journey, they came to Crete, visiting the Keftiu (Minoans) who had ruled the island for 1000 years. Until now….

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A reconstructed house from Knossos (Dominic Perry 2016).

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The “throne room” (possibly a cult space) at Knossos (Dominic Perry 2016).

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The processional entry to Knossos, from the North (Dominic Perry 2016).

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The “Ladies in Blue” perhaps priestesses or aristocrats, at Knossos (Dominic Perry 2016).

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Reconstruction of Minoan/Keftiu priestesses and the “Snake Goddess” statue.


The “Prince of the Lillies,” a reconstructed fresco from Knossos (Flickr)


The Mallia Pendant, showing Egyptian influence in the bee-design (Wikipedia)

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Double-axes used in rituals and ceremonial situations (Dominic Perry 2016).


Baruch Brandl (et al.), “Beth-Shemesh and Sellopoulo: Two Commemorative Scarabs of Amenhotep III and Their Contribution to Aegean Chronology,” The Annual of the British School at Athens 108 (2013).

Eric H. Cline, “Amenhotep III and the Aegean: A Reassessment of Egypto-Aegean Relations in the 14th Century B.C.,” Orientalia 56 (1987).

Nanno Marinatos, Minoan Religion: Ritual, Image and Symbol, 1993.

David O’Connor and Eric H. Cline (eds.) Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, 1998.

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, “Mycenaean Palatial Administration,” in Deger-Jalkotzy and Lemos (eds.) Ancient Greece: From the Mycenaean Palaces to the Age of Homer, 2006.

Malcolm H. Wiener, “The Absolute Chronology of Late Helladic III A2 Revisited,” The Annual of the British School at Athens 98 (2003).