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photoblog image Knossos - the "Horns of Consecration"

Knossos - the "Horns of Consecration"

 

As you can see, this sculpture (dataing to approx. 2000 BC) is mainly reconstructed, with only part of one of the horns being original.  The bull was sacred in Crete and in Knossos, presumably the consequence of the myth of the abduction of Europa by Zeus in the form of a bull, taking her to Crete. According to myth, Zeus was born on Crete, following the flight there of Rhea, his mother, from her husband Kronos.  Kronos had swallowed all of his other children, it having been foretold that he would ultimately be usurped by one of them.

 

Knossos - the "Horns of Consecration"

 

As you can see, this sculpture (dataing to approx. 2000 BC) is mainly reconstructed, with only part of one of the horns being original.  The bull was sacred in Crete and in Knossos, presumably the consequence of the myth of the abduction of Europa by Zeus in the form of a bull, taking her to Crete. According to myth, Zeus was born on Crete, following the flight there of Rhea, his mother, from her husband Kronos.  Kronos had swallowed all of his other children, it having been foretold that he would ultimately be usurped by one of them.

 

comments (10)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 14 Jun 2018, 03:40
it's a very plain monument for having that much significance in false worship
Tom Wilson: They also had figures of bulls and bulls' heads, very ornamented - I think this was a kind of general abstract symbol.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 14 Jun 2018, 04:12
Surprenant et pas très beau.
Tom Wilson: C'est vrai, Martine
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 14 Jun 2018, 06:15
All very strange to western minds Tom but given the main part of this is 4000 years old I'm impressed
Tom Wilson: Very strange indeed - it seems that the worship of the bull gave rise to the notion of the Minotaur - which never actually existed.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Jun 2018, 06:54
I remember seeing this on a visit a few years back. I might have even posted a photo or two. An interesting site indeed.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Chad. And the museum at Heraklion is fabulous.
Interesting stuff Tom. It interests me that everything from these times is mythical. I can't help wondering if the myths are based on real people
Tom Wilson: In some cases there may have been some human origin to the tales, but we are very inventive at making stories smile
Another dysfunctional family. smile
Tom Wilson: Quite a lot of them in Greek mythology!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jun 2018, 13:21
Thank you for your fine information. I remember that Zeus was born in the Ida mountains.
Tom Wilson: Yes, it is interesting how much of Greek mythology features Crete.
One does wonder quite where all these tales and fables came from in the first place.
Tom Wilson: All invention to explain natural phenomena - like all religions.
It could pass for a modern piece of abstract art, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It could indeed, Beverly.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jun 2018, 14:15
What a piece of history!
Tom Wilson: The finds in Knossos were amazing.

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