Lion Gate at Mycenæ
The main entrance through the circuit wall was made grand by the best known feature of Mycenae, the Lion Gate, through which passed a stepped ramp leading past circle A and up to the palace. The Lion Gate was built in the form of a ‘Relieving Triangle’ to support the weight of the stones. Two lionesses flank the central column that represents a god or goddess.
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A. D. F. Hamlin College Histories of Art History of Architecture (New York, NY: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1915)