Comprehensive Architectural Lexicon, Knossos & Mycenae (Part B)


Comprehensive Architectural Lexicon, Knossos & Mycenae (Part B):

Architectural Lexicon Knossos and Mycenae Part B

Part B of our architectural lexicon in Linear B presents only a few little problems. First of all, pokironuka = decorated with different studs, would appear to refer to studs which are jutting ornamentations on buildings, but I cannot be sure of this. Ponikiyo is almost always translated as palm tree, but I suspect it also means Phoenician, i.e. an architectural style. For the three * asterisked notes, see the lexicon above. Just one more point on samara. Samara is an actual ancient city. One Linear B lexicon defines it as points, but I have not the faintest idea what that is supposed to mean. The alternative meaning is monuments, which is completely acceptable. But I have added the additional signification, burial mounds, because these appear in some numbers at Mycenae alone.

POST 1,100: Knossos, Queen’s Megaron restored, Third Palace, Late Minoan IIIb (ca. 1450 BCE) Post 1 of 3


POST 1,100: Knossos, Queens Megaron restored, Third Palace, Late Minoan IIIb (ca. 1450 BCE) Post 1 of 3:

Knossos Queen's Megaron a general view

There is only one building on the site of the ruins of Knossos which has been fully restored, and that is the so-called magnificent Queens Megaron. It is an edifice of startling beauty, and contains the first known throne in any ancient palace in Europe.

Knossos Queen's Megaron b

Knossos Queen's Megaron c columns

The Throne Room is adorned with stunning frescoes of griffins, as illustrated here:

Knossos Queen's Megaron Throne Room

 

Ceremonial Entrance to the Palace of Knossos, Late Minoan II (ca 1450 BCE) & Megaron of the Palace of Pylos (ca. 1300 BCE)


A richly evocative painting of the Ceremonial Entrance to the Palace of Knossos, Late Minoan II (ca. 1450 BCE): Click to ENLARGE:

CeremonialEntrancePalaceofKnossos

Another lovely painting of the Megaron of the Mycenaean Palace of Pylos, ca. 1300-1200 BCE: Click to ENLARGE:

Megaron of the Palace of Pylos

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Knossos: the magnificent Queen’s Megaron (Late Minoan III)


Knossos: the magnificent Queen’s Megaron (Late Minoan III) [Click to ENLARGE]:

Knossos New Palace stairwells & Queen's Megaron

In Linear B, WANAKATERO literally means “the house of the King or Queen” and in this case, the Linear B title refers to “the  new palace of the Queen”, which is, I can assure you, a masterpiece of Minoan architecture at its zenith.  This is the only building which has been completely restored from the ruins of the Last Palace (Late Minoan III ca. 1450 BCE).