LABYRINTH: KNOSSOS, MYTH & REALITY EXHIBITION

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According to legend, an elaborate labyrinth was built at Knossos on the island of Crete to hold a ferocious Minotaur. Discover the palace of Knossos, and the search for the labyrinth, in this major exhibition in Oxford.

10 Feb – 30 Jul 2023

The palace of Knossos, discovered and excavated over 100 years ago, was the centre of a Bronze Age civilisation of people we now call the Minoans, named after the legendary King Minos. 

This will be the first UK exhibition to focus on Knossos and will include over 100 objects which have never left Crete and Greece before, alongside discoveries from the Ashmolean's Sir Arthur Evans Archive.

 

Marble sculpture of the mythical minotaur, with a bull's head a human torso

Roman Minotaur marble sculpture. © National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Black and white photograph of Sir Arthur Evans holding a rhyton from the Hall of the Double Axes of the Palace of Minos at Knossos dated 1901

Sir Arthur Evans at the Palace of Knossos, 1901

 

Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans led excavations at Knossos in the early 20th century, and would later re-imagine and partially restore the palace. His archive at the Ashmolean has been central to our understanding of the site of Knossos, and many of his excavation plans, artworks and records will be on display alongside objects from the site.

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EXHIBITION SUPPORTERS

The Al Thani Collection Foundation and His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani

The Patrons of the Ashmolean Museum 

The Emmett Family

A. G. Leventis Foundation

Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation

The Luscinus Trust

Michael and Sue Pragnell

The Hellenic Foundation

In collaboration with: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Heraklion Archaeological Museum; Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion

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