This is a beautifully illustrated Mycenaean Linear B tablet on 5 carpenters who owe the tax collector:
The illustrations at the top are (left) several designs for Minoan houses (Knossos). Notice that many of them are 3 stories high, which is unusual for the ancient world, except for Rome, with its shabby multi-storied insulae (islands) or apartment buildings, which frequently collapsed. Such can scarcely be said of the Minoan houses, which were built to withstand earthquakes. You can see this for yourself from the top left picture, where the windows in the last 2 houses on the bottom display the heavy wooden beams, both vertical and horizontal, used to reinforce the windows. A cute clay model of a Minoan house at Knossos appears at the top right. The Minoans at Knossos were just as fussy about their typical beautifully fluted Minoan columns and sturdily reinforced doors, as can clearly be seen in these two photos I took when I was in Knossos on May 2, 2012:
I am particularly impressed by the text in Mycenaean Greek, which is easily rendered into Archaic Greek.
Palace of Knossos, Architecture – Earthquake-resistant (Click to ENLARGE each photo):
Photos taken by yours truly on May 2, 2012 at Knossos.
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