Santorini ancient Greece : Sector A

santorini ancient greece relations with Africa


Map of excavations

Prehistorical Pharmacy


santorini ancient greece relations with africa










     The winter torrent, which flowed through the area of Sector A, known as Arvanitis 1 in the early excavation reports, destroyed a large part of the buildings and undoubtedly contributed to the very fragmentary picture of the wall paintings which decorated them. These fragments belong to representations with decorative motifs, birds etc. A noteworthy piece preserves part of an architectural structure (perhaps an altar), crowned by sacred horns. On either side of one of the structure's supporting columns, which Marinatos characterized as being of Egyptianizing form, are sections from the scene of monkeys. Another fragment shows the head of a male figure with markedly African features in front of a palm tree.


   Even if those fragments are not enough for safe conclusions, the presence of this fresco is a very important evidence of  contact between European & African cultures...The Indo-European Thunder God Zeus, symbolized by the “BULL”*, was known also as” XENIOS ZEUS”...The fact  that near the “ African” were found sacrificial horns, could be explained only as hospitality being already established in this peoples culture, acceptance and religious respect to the foreigner**  Notice also the possible connection about the presence of  African plants in other frescoes like kwasi***  All over Africa, we still find Greek communities, living peacefully with the colored  populations…


*Maria Gimbutas,” The Language of the Goddess”

**Xenios ,means  hospitable in Greek...

***Kwasi is the Pancratium Maritimum of Santorini ancient Greece and Western Botanology