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by Archaeology Newsroom

Mycenaean boxers

Mycenaean athletic games are generally considered to be a Minoan legacy. Boxing, which was a very important competitive game among Minoans during the period of the second palaces, was adopted and diffused throughout the Mycenaean World. The only incontestable representations of boxing known today are found on two craters from Cyprus from the beginning of the 13th century BC. Thus, it can be argued that boxing is rarely depicted in Mycenaean art. The author supports that this pictorial theme, unusual to Mycenaean Pictorial Vase Painting, was imported into Cyprus by some Cretan travelling craftsmen who had in mind Minoan traditions, in particular those coming from from Knossos.