Our aim is to study and publish a unique assemblage of wall paintings from Mycenaean Thebes (Spourlis Plot). Our work began in 2016 and out of the 3055 fragments we have been able to identify chariots with female charioteers, female and male individuals, architectural features and lengthy decorative bands and zones. Their study will throw new light to the Mycenaean painting and the Palatial site of Thebes.

Due to the limited corpus of Mycenaean wall paintings from palatial Thebes, it is the first time we may draw conclusions to the local iconographic ‘repertoire of power’, in close parallels with the near-by Orchomenos and even the site of Tiryns at Argolid. Our work, apart from throwing light to the art of the brush of the Mycenaean painter, will allow us to comment on the political and economic aspects of the evidently magnificent, yet hidden and understudied due to modern building construction, Mycenaean Thebes.

The generous funding from MAT allowed our team to work on the fragments at the premises of the Thebes Museum by covering transportation and subsistence costs, to work on them digitally at Athens and finally to create the suggested reconstruction drawings. Without the grant, the fragments would be only partially studied to this day.

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Our workbench at Thebes Museum laboratory (photo: Angelos Papadopoulos).
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One of the chariots (suggested reconstruction drawing: Nikos Sepetzoglou, 2017)

For further information, please contact the visual artist on the project, Mr Nikos Sepetzoglou, at nsepetzoglou@yahoo.gr. The Project Director was Dr Elena Kountouri and Dr Angelos Papadopoulos provided archaeological expertise.

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