About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the goddess Hera facing left. The back (reverse) depicts a square labyrinth.
The city of Knossos drew its civic icon from the myth of the Minotaur. The monster, born to the queen of Crete, was hidden away in a labyrinth, or maze. Yearly he devoured youths and maidens until, with the help of a ball of string, the hero Theseus made his way to the center of the labyrinth. There he killed the Minotaur and used the string to find his way out of the maze. The story was so famous that anyone seeing the labyrinth on this coin knew that Knossos was its source.
- On View, Gallery 151
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Greek
- Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Hera
- Knossos (Minted in)
- Struck 350 BCE–220 BCE
- Reverse: ΚΝΩΣΙ Α Ρ
- Diam.: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson