Thinking about Thera: a re-interpretation of the wall paintings in Xeste
Emily Simons Chronica 4 (2014): 40-50
The Bronze Age town of Akrotiri contains some of the best-preserved and much discussed frescoes from the Aegean Bronze Age. The wall paintings from Xesté 3 in particular, serve as the foundation for many discussions regarding ritual practice in the Bronze Age; but the identities and the actions portrayed in these paintings are ambiguous at best. This paper will critically analyse the painted figures, their identities, positions and stories while also placing them in the larger context of Xesté 3 and of Akrotiri. The discussion will query the role that these paintings played in constructing and exhibiting Theran culture.