Greek civilization is a maritime civilization, passionate and romantic. Ancient Greek civilization and ocean are closely related, Plato once said: "We live around sea, like frogs around a pond." European civilization originated in Greece, and Greek civilization originated in Crete. This fresco, found in palace of Minos in Crete, symbolizes hope of ocean.
This image shows popular Cretan game "bull-jumping". In Greek mythology, Europa was originally a Phoenician princess, but Zeus turned into a bull and brought him to Crete. Since then, people began to call this land Europe, which has become name of Europe. It is also said that since King Minos deceived Poseidon, Poseidon asked Minos' wife Pasihua to disguise herself as a cow and mate with a bull, and gave birth to monster Minotaur. After that, bull went berserk and raged in countryside, so King Minos invited capable people to hunt bull. So it became a game.
According to records of Herodotus and others, a powerful Minoan kingdom once arose in Crete. During a strong period, Athens also had to pay tribute to Minos. King Minos created a powerful fleet and dominated northwestern Mediterranean.
This fresco represents a powerful "priest-king". The height of king is 2.22 meters. He directs sacrifices. He wears a crown adorned with feathers and a lily pendant on his chest. , holds banner with his left hand. hand, raising right hand to chest. The characters are realistic, showing beauty of human strength.
This fresco is famous Lady de Paris. The aristocrats in the picture have big eyes, curly hair, elegant clothes and beautiful headbands. Even in modern society, people still think that their clothes are beautiful and fashionable.
Ancient Chinese paintings were drawn by hand, while ancient Greek paintings aspired to realism. Different ideas create different beauty. All works of Western character pursue a kind of beauty of human body, which has a pronounced humanistic connotation. In this respect, frescoes of Crete are its source.
Crete is located deep in Mediterranean Sea, where fish resources are very rich. Therefore, fishing has become one of main industries of local population. The picture shows a fisherman. The fisherman in picture seems to be struggling because fish in his hand is too heavy, so his lips are slightly parted and his eyes are wide open. According to research, frescoes of Crete were influenced by Ancient Egypt, but they changed bleak image of Ancient Egypt.
The ancient Greeks were very fond of sports. The famous Olympic Games originated in Greece. This "boxing boy" reflects Cretan boxing. In addition to wall paintings, many of artefacts found here may reflect sporting activities of Cretans.