Visual Timeline: Lyre

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2000 BCE: The first examples of the lyre in the Bronze Age Aegean occur in the Cyclades and on Minoan Crete.
 
 
1420 BCE - 1300 BCE: Clay dancing figures including a rare female lyre player are made in Minoan Palaikastro.
 
 
1400 BCE: Lyres across the Aegean assume S-shaped arms and become more decoratively carved, most often with sculpted birds.
 
 
1250 BCE - 1200 BCE: A Linear B tablet from Greek Thebes mentions lyre players as members of the royal palace staff.
 
 
600 BCE - 550 BCE: The silver stater coin of Calymna in Caria depicts a tortoise shell lyre on its reverse side.
 
 
550 BCE: The silver drachma of Delos depicts a lyre - symbolic of Apollo - on its reverse side.
 
 
100 BCE: Coins of Kos and Thespiai depict a lyre on their reverse side.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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