The crocodile stone is geologically characterized as dark green porphyry strong>, dotted with light orthogonal crystals. They are the digestions of the ancient “yolks”, the small seafood pebbles strong>, which gave the name Krokeai and Krokeate, the newest place name of the rock strong>. But the important thing is that Krokeate stone deposits exist only in the Krokees area, from the current village to Stephania at Digi strong>, where ancient quarries strong>. The volcanic rock strong> that resembles a mosaic strong> and despite being very difficult to process, was sought after by the Mycenaeans strong> for baths, pots, seals. It was used in prehistoric times mainly to create elaborate vases (mugs, vases) and ringlets with elegant performances, usually animals. In Roman times strong> it was primarily mined for building material. They used it in luxurious constructions and especially in their bathrooms, which was a necessary part of every big house or city when it was public. We also find parts of the rock in the Vatican strong>.
acropolis of Mycenae strong> and in the excavations at the Palace of King Minos strong> in Knossos, Crete.
It was also chosen to decorate the simple tomb of the Triple Spartans in the Thermopyles strong>.
Today’s visitor to Rome strong> will be able to easily spot a crocodile stone in artistic decorative paintings at the Palazzo Massimo Archaeological Museum in the basilicas of St. Peter and the Virgin Maggiore and other ancient luxury buildings.
Giannis Pikoulas (Professor of Lyceum of Krokeon), Krokeatikis Excerpt, Dioskouroi Newspaper em>