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Tholos (beehive-shaped) tombs could vary greatly in size, from enormous (Tomb of Atreus at Mycenae) to very small - the looted tholos tomb at Komiaki on Naxos is a good example.

The dead were buried beneath the ground inside the tomb, often with artefacts which tempted looters from ancient times to the present day.   Read more ...

The Ancient Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron and the great archaeologist Carl Blegen feature early in this book. The cult of Artemis was important to women particularly, and young girls took part in ceremonies.

Marble has been significant in the history, architecture and art of Greece for thousands of years.    Read more ...

Naxos and the surrounding small islands are central to our knowledge of Cycladic figurines, many of which have been found in this area. They date from the Early Cycladic Period (Bronze Age), and have been found in quantity on the island of Keros, just south of Naxos.

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The small bronze horse is a votive offering from the Geometric Period in Greece, mid 8th century BCE.

Venetian Towers are plentiful both in the Mani area of the Peloponnese and indeed on Naxos itself.

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Greek Black figure and Red figure pottery have been studied in depth, and individual painters have been identified as 'Masters'.

On both styles of pottery, white ground is a technique used particularly on vessels made for funerary uses.

Lekythoi are among the most delicate and beautiful of vase shapes.   Read more ...

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