chapter  6
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The art of the earliest Bronze Age civilization on Crete and the mainland (the Minoan and the Mycenaean) is of a high order, as visitors to the remains of the royal palaces at Cnossus or the great sites at Mycenae or Tiryns and to their accompanying museums will testify. The fall of Mycenaean civilization initiated a Dark Age out of which gradually emerged the city state. The art of the city state, despite some limited continuity with that of the earlier culture, slowly took a new direction, developing the forms and characteristics that are perfected in the art of the classical age.