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Saturday, January 13, 2024

I have gazed upon the face of Agamemnon

This is what the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann is supposed to have wired to the King of Greece after finding this mask at Mycenae.

It's still referred to as the Mask of Agamemnon, even though it's from the 16th century BC, at least 300-400 years before the Trojan War. (And there's no proof that a king by that name ever existed outside of mythology.)

This mask in the museum at Mycenae is a replica—the orginal is in Athens—but I didn't care. I loved reading about archaeology when I was a kid—Howard Carter and King Tut's tomb, Sir Arthur Evans and Knossos, Heinrich Schliemann and Troy and Mycenae. Having a chance to gaze upon that face myself gave me goosebumps.

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