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Turkey's leaders are taking a break from enabling #Russia against #NATO and ethnic cleansing Syria’s #Kurds to launch absurd claims and empty threats against Greek islands. We take a look at the painful history of Turkish rule on one of them: a thread on #Chios from #theHELC 1/10
The history of the Greeks in Chios goes back more than 3,000 years reaching to #Minoan and #Mycenaean times. Chios is the most likely birthplace of #Homer and had its own coins and democratic parliament by 600 BC. Its famous wine was exported from the Black Sea to #Egypt 2/10
The islanders sided with Athens and then #Alexander the Great against Persia and continued to prosper under first the #Roman and then the Eastern Roman (#Byzantine) Empire. The famous #mosaics of Nea Moni monastery are considered a masterpiece of Byzantine art 3/10
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Ancient Artefact of the Day: The Palaikastro Kouros

A stunning lithochryselephantine statuette, ca. 1480-1425 BC, from Building 5 at Palaikastro. One of the most remarkable pieces of surviving Minoan art. #AAOTD #Minoan

Image: Archaeological Museum of Siteia (ΜΣ ΑΕ 8506)
Elements of the statuette, which stands approximately 0.5m high, were found over several seasons of excavations, with the individual pieces designed to be connected by dowel fittings.

Image: Figures 5.1 & 5.2 from Moak 2000 (see end of thread for citations)
A composite creation of ivory, gold, serpentine, and rock crystal, the statuette is one of the most evocative pieces of Minoan art. I am always struck by the quality of the modelling of the musculature of the arms.

Image: Plate Db (British School at Athens Studies, 2000, Vol. 6)
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