A feeling of excitement is always present when we get in touch with myths and legends of monstrous creatures and imaginary beings. That happens due to their illustration and how their existence is being explained.

In this online course, you'll have the chance to meet the most popular Greek mythological creatures, found in Minoan Iconography, which have been recognized and studied by various scholars. Some of the peculiar monsters you will meet during the course, are Sphinx, Minotaur, Gorgoneion, and Dragon. Take a deeper look into the Greek mythology and discover creatures you could hardly imagine or picture.

After all, isn't it true that most of us like fairytales with monsters and dragons, even in their modern printed and /or cinematic version? All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this significant online course, included in the category of Arts and Culture.

Upon successful completion of the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate while acquiring a magnificent one time experience.

Participant Profile

The programme is addressed not only to students of Archaeology but also to the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in the broader eastern Mediterranean area.

Programme Aims

Minoan iconography is rich in representations of hybrid and monstrous figures which have been created in the imagination of the prehistoric Cretans. The Minoan world seems to have also included a series of mythical creatures, some of which had been imported and adapted from Egypt and the Near East, while others were of local inspiration. All these creatures were linked to both ritual practices but also to the exercise of power and authority.

This programme aims to discuss each creature separately and refer to the history of research, the possible provenance of each iconographical type, its chronological and typological development and finally its meaning. The main sources of information are the glyptic art (seals, sealings and golden signet rings), the wall-paintings, the gold, ivory and faience work and other.

Programme Description

This lesson examines the representations of Griffin-Unica-Sphinx in Minoan iconography.

This lesson examines the representations of Genius and Dragon in Minoan iconography.

This lesson examines the representations of human-bird creatures, minotaur, bipod creatures and gorgoneion in Minoan iconography.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
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3 weeks
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