|The 'Liom Gate|
On the Lion Gate, between the two figures is a perfectly formed 'doric' column. Most people probably don't give this a second glance, but I became very excited. Why? Because 'Doric' columns are associated with the Dorian tribes that invaded Greece in the 8th and 9th centuries BC. They are the ancestors of the Greeks of Classical times, not the builders of Mycenae. The Myceneneans - the heroes of Troy, like Agamemnon and Odysseus - were re-invented by the Dorian Greeks as larger than life heroic figures. Not suprising when you look at the sheer scale of the stonework at Mycenae, it does look like the work of giants. This little picture of a 'Doric' column on a Mycenean monument really intruiged me, perhaps the style pre-dated the Dorian invasion, and like the 'heroes', was something that the later Greeks adopted, rather than invented.
You have to have sympathy with Gill in all of this, for forty years she has tolerated living with someone whjo gets very excited about a Doric column, but still needs to consult a recipe book to cook an omlette, has a distinct propensity towards wearing Tee shirts back to front, and says 'turn right' when he means go left.
|Like many eatly civilisations they buried their ancestors at the doorway. The first thing you come across beyond the Lion Gateway are circle tombs. It was here that the famous gold death mask of 'Agamemnon' was discovered.|
|The rear of the complex has a series of subterranean passageways associated with water management. It was full of wasps, dark and distictly Indoiana Jones.|
|Beautiful abstract decoration on the Mycenean pottery|
|3500 year old cooking utensils|
|Small female figurines are typical of the culture - perhaps associated with a fertility cult.|
|It's slightly spooky to think that last person to fasten this around their neck lived over 3000 years ago.|
|Camping Mykenes, pleasant enough, but ancient, worn-out facilities - and over-priced at 20 euros per night.|