Tiryns: The Prehistoric Palace of the Kings of Tiryns

Tiryns: The Prehistoric Palace of the Kings of Tiryns

Tiryns: The Prehistoric Palace of the Kings of Tiryns

Tiryns: The Prehistoric Palace of the Kings of Tiryns

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When the Author invited me to write a Preface to his work on Tiryns, I declared my readiness to do so without hesitation; for he thus afforded me a welcome opportunity of adding my personal thanks--for the substantial advantages that had accrued to my own studies in the history of architecture--to the universal tribute offered so justly from every side to the indefatigable explorer of the oldest civilisation of Greece and Asia Minor.

I hope to express this feeling most practically by an attempt to gather the results--as regards the technical and artistic aspect of architecture--which follow from Dr. Schliemann's excavations in Troy, Mycenæ, Orchomenos, and Tiryns, and, as far as this is possible to-day, to shape them into a picture of the oldest art of building in Greece and in Asia Minor.

No doubt, there are still great gaps, owing to various causes, and it is certain that our present materials will sooner or later be substantially supplemented. Yet I would justify this essay as a necessary preliminary, which only an architect can supply, to further inquiries as to the development of art in one of the most attractive, though one of the most obscure, regions of classical antiquity. If I have reached beyond Dr. Schliemann's personal work, by utilising the architectural harvest of the latest discoveries in Attica and Argolis, I plead my desire to make my sketch as complete as possible.

Three kinds of architecture have been materially illus-

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