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August 24, 2005

Museum of Cycladic Art

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It's located in Athens, Greece.

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A new show entitled "Eleutherna: Polis–Acropolis–Necropolis" has just opened there and Geraldine Fabrikant, in Sunday's New York Times Travel section story (scroll down the link), described it as "stunning."

The show features hundreds of objects from an excavation currently ongoing at Eleutherna, "a relatively little–known archaeological site in Crete that was for centuries a significant Cretan city."

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Recent findings including the charred remains of a princely warrior indicate that Homer's "The Iliad," in describing the burial of the war hero Patroclus, was probably based on an accurate description of events.

Patroclus was slain battling the Trojans and his great friend Achilles oversaw his cremation on a funeral pyre and burial, accompanied by the sacrifice nearby of 12 Trojan soldiers in an act of ritual vengeance.

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I have been enchanted by Cycladic art since my freshman year of college, when I first encountered, in my Janson's "History of Art," a photo of a gold ring with dancing princesses carved into it.

It might very well have been created by the master who produced a similar ring shown below.

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I saw that very ring I first glimpsed in Janson some years ago somewhere in a show and I almost passed out with pleasure.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is at 4 Neophytou Douka Street, near the National Garden; www.cycladic.gr; Tel: 30-210-722-8321; Closed Tuesday and Sunday; Admission is $6.30.

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How much more of the ancient world is out there just waiting to be found? Hopefully, we won't feel the need to bomb Crete.

Posted by: ScienceChic | Aug 24, 2005 6:26:49 PM

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