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The Lion Gate, Mycenae


The Lion Gate, Mycene, Greece photo



SOURCE: Greek National Tourism Organization, used with permission.

The Lion Gate, the main entrance through a circuit wall, is the best known feature of Mycenae, the ancient city in the Peloponnese.

Through it passed a stepped ramp leading up to the palace.

The first excavations at Mycenae were carried out by the Greek archaeologist Kyriakos Pittakis in 1841. He found and restored the Lion Gate. In 1874 Heinrich Schliemann arrived at the site and undertook a complete excavation. Schliemann believed in the historical truth of the Homeric stories and interpreted the site accordingly. He found the ancient shaft graves with their royal skeletons and spectacular grave goods. Upon discovering a human skull beneath a gold death mask in one of the tombs, he declared: "I have gazed upon the face of Agamemnon".



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