Daily Flickr Finds: David Wheatley’s Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae

Treasury of Artreus, Mycenae. Image Credit - David Wheatley.Take an image which is interesting enough as it is, showing great craftsmanship and attention to detail as in the construction of the Treasury of Atreus – a domed tomb (also known as a tholos tomb). Probably the most impressive of the tombs in the Mycenae region, Greece, the Treasury of Atreus’s ceiling has been beautifully photographed by Dave Wheatley, who has then made the image even more interesting by switching it to a Negative effect. This creates the effect that this is no longer a mosaic of bricks, but an image which sparkles to life with a shimmering of glassy blocks, dancing with light colours.

Dating from the 14th Century BC, it is one of only two double chambered tombs in Greece, and has a nine metre long lintel stone which stands over the entrance – a testament to the extraordinary building skills of the Mycenaeans!

King Artreus ran an interesting house too. He murdered his brother’s (Thyestes) children and then fed them to him, for which the gods then cursed Arteus and his descendants. Thyestes then had a son (Aigisthos) by his only surviving daughter, Pelopa. Aigisthos murdered Atreus and the throne of Mycenae was returned to Thyeste. But Artreus’ heir – Agamemnon – seized power of the region.

Still with me?Well then Agamemnon sent an army to destroy the Trojan Paris, who had had the nerve to steal his brother’s wife, Helen. In the process, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter to the gods so his fleet would have a favourable wind at sea. On his return, Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Klytemnestra and her lover – none other than Aigisthos! The murderous couple were then slaughtered themselves by Agamemnon’s children – Orestes and Elektra.

Who needs soap dramas?

Look through past Daily Flickr Finds here at Heritage Key, and have a look at David Wheatley’s photostream over at Flickr!