Paintings of bull-leapers, sculptures of bare-breasted snake charmers, myths of minotaurs, and the oldest throne in Europe are just a few of the wonders that the British archaeologist Arthur Evans brought up from the earth at Knossos at the close of the 19th century, to the astonishment of newspapers around the world. They proved telling evidence of the great elegance of King Minos's court (Evans chose the king's name to christen this culture), as the evocative ruins continue to do today.

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