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Evans, Arthur J.
The Palace of Minos: a comparative account of the successive stages of the early Cretan civilization as illustred by the discoveries at Knossos (Band 3): The great transitional age in the northern and eastern sections of the Palace — London, 1930

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§ 78. The East Postern and Bastion : Runnels with Parabolic Curves—
Chronological Place of That by East Steps of ' Theatral Area'.

' Court of Stone Spout' and Old Frontage line of N.E. ' Insula '; Step-
way down East Slope ; Four lines of massive exterior walls ; East Postern—
its relation to Bastion ; Recess for Warder ; Staircase down E. Bastion with
descending runnel; Fall of water controlled by parabolic ctirves; Extra-
ordinary evidence of hydratdic knowledge; Settling basin and farther course
of runnel; Prestimed tank for washing linen; A second staircase; Faintly
incised signs on blocks—M. M. Ill b date ; Stepway with similar runnel South
of 'Domestic Quarter', overlying M.M. Ill Magazines; Further chrono-
logical materials; Similar descending runnel by East steps of ' Theatral
Area'; New stratigraphic results regarding this Area; Painted Pottery
with racquet and ball motives—of Senusert IPs time; Section beneath the
East steps—runnel of M. M. Ill a date.

It has been shown that the ' Taureador Frescoes' were originally dis- ' Court of
played in a structure adjoining, on an upper terrace level, the South-West gpout'
corner of the little Court that has received its name from the stone spout and ^teP-

i • i i r it- way down

projecting from its Western wall, and by which the water from the ' East to East
Hall' light area had here found its way to a blind well.1 The structure in astlon-
question may have also partially overlain the area occupied by the so-called
' School Room' above the floor of which, on the West side, several of the
painted stucco fragments were found.

The ' School Room' itself, as we shall see,2 represents a later adapta-
tion of a fore-hall or vestibule of a corridor that brought the Court into
connexion with the fine architectural complex of the ' Domestic Quarter'.

On its Northern side this little Court gave access to a stepway leading
down the slope and finding its exit in the ' East Bastion ' below. It thus
afforded access to the comparatively level tract, with its ancient olive grove,
bordering the stream beyond, already referred to as an ideal site for the
' Dancing Ground of Ariadne'. If the Minoan ' bull-ring ' or arena, with its
grand stands, also stood—as seems most likely—somewhere in the same
direction, the choice of the ' Taureador Frescoes' to decorate the walls of

1 P. of M., i, p. 378 seqq. and p. 381, ! See below, p. 266, and cf. P. of M., i,

Fig. 276. pp. 366, 367.