Photographer's Note

The young girl was standing against the circular interior wall of the Beehive tomb in Mycenae ostensibly to provide scale for her father's photo. I took advantage of the fleeting moment to take my own photo.

Such monumental Bronze Age tombs originated in Minoan Civilization in Crete around 1600 BC and spread quickly through the middle east. This particular beehive tomb, the most famous tomb in Greece, is known as the "Treasury of Atreus" (sometimes called the Tomb of Agamemnon). It was constructed around 1350-1250 B.C. From its imposing size and the precision of its masonry, it is believed to have been built for a king and buried with treasures and weapons of the king. But none has survived.

The diameter of the tomb is almost 15 meters (50 feet); its height is slightly less. The enormous monolithic lintel of the doorway weighs 120 tons and is 9 meters (29.5 feet) long and 5 meters (16.5 feet ) deep. The entrance features a relieving triangle decorated with relief plaques. The mathematical description of the shape is probably closer to a paraboloid of revolution.

The discoverer of the tomb is almost as famous as the ruins of Mycenae. In the second half of the 19th century, the German businessman and amateur archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, had already discovered Troy, and as an encore discovered the ruins of Mycenae.

In order to capture the full height of the tomb, along with the young girl, I used my iPhone 6 Plus in panoramic setting and panned vertically. This avoided the distortion that would have been introduced by a wide-angle lens.

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