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The "Mask of Agamemnon" is an artifact discovered at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann. It dates from the mid-16th century BCE. The mask seemingly validates Homer's description of Mycenae as 'rich in gold'. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens). [Original illustration by Xuan Che. Uploaded by Mark Cartwright, published on 18 May 2013 under the following license: Creative Commons: Attribution.]

The "Mask of Agamemnon" is an artifact discovered at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann. It dates from the mid-16th century BCE. The mask seemingly validates Homer's description of Mycenae as 'rich in gold'. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens). [Original illustration by Xuan Che. Uploaded by Mark Cartwright, published on 18 May 2013 under the following license: Creative Commons: Attribution.]

WEIGHING THE SOUL Gold scale of "psychostasia", symbolizing the weighing of the soul after death.  Mycenae, Grave Circle A, Grave III, 16th C. BC  Athens, National Archaeological Museum, Prehistoric Collection

WEIGHING THE SOUL Gold scale of "psychostasia", symbolizing the weighing of the soul after death. Mycenae, Grave Circle A, Grave III, 16th C. BC Athens, National Archaeological Museum, Prehistoric Collection

Sphinx of Amun in the form of a ram, protecting the Nubian Pharoah Taharqa, whose image is seen protected between his forelegs. This statue, along with a similar piece in the British Museum, originates from the site of Kawa in modern Sudan.

Sphinx of Amun in the form of a ram, protecting the Nubian Pharoah Taharqa, whose image is seen protected between his forelegs. This statue, along with a similar piece in the British Museum, originates from the site of Kawa in modern Sudan.

Isis, Osiris and Nephtys. Scene from woman's mummy mask, Roman Period. A.D. 60–70. Possibly from Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir). Medium: Cartonnage, plaster, paint, plant fibers.

Isis, Osiris and Nephtys. Scene from woman's mummy mask, Roman Period. A.D. 60–70. Possibly from Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir). Medium: Cartonnage, plaster, paint, plant fibers.

Bathtub Late Minoan IIIA. Mid-14th c BCE. Ceramic. Water in Greece is precious. Even for the elite, a bath would have been a great and occasional luxury. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea.

Bathtub Late Minoan IIIA. Mid-14th c BCE. Ceramic. Water in Greece is precious. Even for the elite, a bath would have been a great and occasional luxury. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea.

Statue of a prince or dynast without crown, traditionally thought to be a Seleucid prince, maybe Attalus II of Pergamon Bronze Greek Hellenistic era, 3rd-2nd centuries BCE,National Museum of Rome

Statue of a prince or dynast without crown, traditionally thought to be a Seleucid prince, maybe Attalus II of Pergamon Bronze Greek Hellenistic era, 3rd-2nd centuries BCE,National Museum of Rome

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