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The Gortyn code

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posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 07:12 PM
In coming new year I'll be putting up for the forum archaeological sites which are not commonly known (having not attracted fringe interest), yet important for what they tell us about ancient life.

I started with the Temple of Anemospilia and the next is the Gortyn code.

The Great Code is written in the Dorian dialect and is one of a number of legal inscriptions found scattered across Crete, though curiously very few non-legal texts from ancient Crete survive. The Dorian language was the pervasive among Crete cities such as Knossos, Lyttos, Axos and various other areas of central Crete. The Code stands with a tradition of Cretan law which taken as a totality represents the only substantial corpus of Greek law from antiquity found outside Athens.

The carved code in situ

Close up of the writing

A translation of the code

General article on the site and the code

posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 09:27 PM
Nice find,Hanslune.

Found a better close up for the Gortyn code for you and others.
edit on 29-12-2011 by kdog1982 because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 09:46 PM
excellent link and information OP, the timeline's interesting too, in recent light,
I think I may have some links to add here, I'll be back....


May I take this opportunity to say kdog, I owe you the most sincerest, humblest and most public of apologies,
I am truly sorry for my outburst of impatience born of frustration, I pointed it in absolutely the wrong direction.

Please forgive me


posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 07:23 PM
reply to post by AussieAmandaC

No need to apologize to me,this is a forum open for debate,water under the bridge.

Hanslune,looking forward to your new info.

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:31 PM
Since hanslune has apparently abandoned his thread,forgive if I'm wrong,I will delve into Anemospilia.

The temple of Anemospilia is located at the northern end of Mount Iuktas, overlooking arable land and modern day Heraklion, with extensive views both to the east and the west. The site was excavated by J. Sakellarias in 1979, and given its small size, turned out to be one of the most significant excavations to have taken place in Crete.

The temple is unusual for a Minoan site in that it is more symmetrical and less labyrinthine than most Minoan remains. The simple design consists of three rectangular rooms in a row, and a corridor or antechamber running the length of the three rooms to the north of the building. There is no other example of such a building from the Minoan-Mycenean periods.

The temple was destroyed early in the 17th century BCE, as examples of MM II and MM IIIA pottery styles were found in the temple. It was almost certainly destroyed by earthquake, following which the lamps placed inside the shrine burnt whatever was flammable. Further evidence for an earthquake comes from the skeleton of a man found in the antechamber. He had been holding a vase, possibly containing blood as it resembled one to be seen on the Agia Triada sarcophagus into which the blood of a sacrficed bull is dripping. The position of the body suggests that the person was running from the building when it collapsed and killed him or her.

So,some poor guy was running with a vase full of blood to hopefully save the village,all in vain.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 12:15 AM
Just like looters in New Orleans after Katrina, he was tryin to "save the plasma!"


posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:10 PM
It's interesting that they wrote their laws on the wall for all to see. I wonder, however, if these were symbolic -- the main parts of the law -- but that other codicils to the law were kept in another form.

The 'every other line reversed' format of the inscription is interesting. I had an amusing mental picture of someone reading the law by marching up the wall and then back down, reading things aloud as they went. I was also amused to find that most of the surviving texts are legal texts... one imagines a nation of nit-pickers or lawyers!

posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 01:42 AM

Originally posted by kdog1982
Since hanslune has apparently abandoned his thread,forgive if I'm wrong,I will delve into Anemospilia.


Nah went off to visit a relative for the weekend who is a a fanatic technological luddite - has no connection to anything - looks like you posted this information in the wrong thread - may I suggest you re-post to Anemospilia thread, please
edit on 2/1/12 by Hanslune because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 11:36 PM
reply to post by Hanslune

Yes,I did post it in the wrong place.
Sorry,my luddite friend got me confused.

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