Linear B Tablet from Pylos
Linear B Tablet TN316 from ancient Mycenaean site of Pylos in Greece. c1200BC.
tHis tablet was most likely the last Linear B text written in Pylos and is considered by many scholars to have been wrote while Pylos was under military siege. It has a haphazard appearance and is incomplete suggesting it was written in haste as disaster fell.
It seems to speak of attempts to placate the gods while the city is under siege by offers of a sacrifice. It appears from the references that the Palace of Nestor was destroyed in the early spring of 1200BC.
195 x 125 x 35mm.
$99.95AUD plus P&H
Cycladic Art Figure
Cycladic figures have been found all over the Aegean Islands including Crete and mainland Greece. They have been found mostly in burials and date from 3300 - 1100BC. They can be as large as human size or as small as this one being 85mm tall.
There is no consensus amongst scholars about their use. As they were found in graves, many were found broken and repaired and so were most likely used by the deceased in life.
The Cycladic civilisation existed alongside the Minoans and Mycenaeans.
This particular figure is an early design c2800 - 2700BC and is 85mm tall.
$24.95AUD plus P&H
In 1908 an unusual disc covered in stamped pictographic images was found in the town of Phaistos in southern Crete. It is dated to c1700BC and has been thought to have some relationship to Minoan Hieroglyphic text or the Linear A script though neither is conclusive. The images were made using a series of stamps which were impressed into the discs clay surface before it was baked. The signs most likely start at the rim at the dotted line with the image that looks like a head with a crest, spiralling right to left (clockwise) into the center. There are 45 different signs on two sides, grouped into boxes, some with an oblique mark at the last sign that may be a diacritical mark perhaps indicating the finished sign of the word does not need an end vowel attached to a consonant. It is thought it may originally be from outside the Minoan area as some of the signs have no resemblance to anything within Minoan society. (The crested helmet, the woman sign with a non Minoan style dress). The use of 45 plus stamps make it a little like an early typewriter though the creation of such stamps to make this text indicate that the intention was to create a great number of documents from them though no other example of this text has ever been found. Many wild translations have been made as to its translation, but until some more examples are found in context this will always just remain speculation.
This is a magnificent two sided replica of the disc 160mm in diameter.
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The Mask of Agamemnon
Discovered by Heinrich Schleimann in 1876 in Mycenae it is believed to predate the Trojan War.
Legends make him king of Mycenae when Helen of Troy was abducted. He then drew on the Greek forces that led to the Trojan War. The mask is a burial mask found over the face of a body found in a shaft tomb. Schleimann believed it belonged to Agamemnon by more archaeological evidence points to it being from earlier, to around 1550-1500BC.
Resin Cast 150mm
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Inscription from Istiaia on the Island of Evia with an image of a Greek lady sitting on the prow of a ship. 4th century BC.
Plaster cast.125mm diameter.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote ISTIAIA Disc
Pythagoras Mug - "Greedy Cup".
A Pythagorean cup (also known as a Pythagoras cup, a Greedy Cup or a Tantalus cup) is a form of drinking cup that forces its user to imbibe only in moderation. Credited to Pythagoras of Samos, it allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If the user fills the cup only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If the imbiber exhibits gluttony, however, the cup spills its entire contents out the bottom (onto the lap of the immodest drinker).
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a Cast bronze medallion based on one of Alexanders coins with the head of Alexander.
$24.95AUD plus P&H Quote ALEXMED1
Coins of Ancient Greece
Dekadrachma of Syracruse 400BC Tetradrachma of Athens 480-400BC Tetradrachma of Alexander the Great 336BC Tetradrachma of Gela 470BC Tetradrachma of Rhegium 435-425BC Tetradrachma of Naxos 735BC Made by the same medal makers as the above Roman coins. An amazing set of replicas. Pictured at the top is the Tetradrachma of Athens.
$44.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE CAG1
Coins of Ancient Rome & Greece
Images of Historical Leaders of the Ancient World
A set of 6 coins representing: Alexander the Great; Julius Caesar; Cleopatra VII; Mark Antony; Augustus & Nero.
$39.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE CARG1
Greek Oil Lamps
See our Oil Lamps page for a selection of replica oil lamps from ancient Greece.
Linear B Tablet
A reproduction of a Linear B tablet excavated at the Palace of Knossos on Crete. It is a small accounting tablet that records the number of sheep at Phaistos. Dated to 1400-1450 BC they were found in a large collection of records that had been burnt when the building caught fire. It is though that they were originally meant as temporary records but due to the heat of the fire the record was permanently set. These recorded goods under palace control.
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Linear B Tablet #2
A reproduction of a tablet excavate din the Palace of Knossos on Crete dated to c1400BC. Linear A was used by the Minoans while linear B was used by the Mycaeans.
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