Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

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In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evans’s excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete ...

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Overview

In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evans’s excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete labyrinth—pacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmic—seemed to offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and Hilda Doolittle. 

Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Cathy Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and the birth of modernism.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Beginning with British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans's 1900-31 excavation and reconstruction of the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos on Crete, Gere (history, Univ. of California, San Diego; The Tomb of Agamemnon) develops a stunning study of the cultural impact of Evans's interpretation of Minoan society as a pacifist haven inhabited by immigrants from Anatolia, Egypt, and Libya. Explains Gere, "As the twentieth century launched conflicts of ever greater reach and ferocity, the Minoan epoch came increasingly to be celebrated as the pacifist precursor to Homer's militaristic age of heroes." Evans's use of reinforced concrete to strengthen the crumbling architecture of Knossos resulted in much-debated reconstructions, but Gere's aim is not to criticize or defend them. Instead, she attempts to understand the archaeologists, architects, artists, classicists, writers, and poets who reconstructed Minoan Crete in our time. And she does so brilliantly, showing the linkages modernist Knossos made with feminism and pacifism and its influence on the work of Freud, Nietzsche, James Joyce, H.D., Robert Graves, and others. Fascinating and engaging, this scholarly work should attract a wide range of readers in archaeology, as well as literary and cultural studies.
—Joan W. Gartland

Economist
"A stylish and original cultural history of Knossos."—Economist
Harper's
Cathy Gere re-creates a century of bizarre misreadings of the nearly unknown ancient culture of Crete, and in doing so has produced that rarest of literary surprises: a genuinely hilarious work of Minoan historiography. . . . Gere tells some outlandish stories, but she never makes the protagonists themselves ridiculous.

— Benjamin Moser

Times Literary Supplement
Fascinating and consistently entertaining. . . . It is a tribute to the wit and clarity of Gere’s style that she is able to explain all this without making the reader’s brain ache.

— Tom Holland

New York Review of Books
[A] brilliant study of the role of Knossos in twentieth-century culture. . . . Gere writes with clarity and wit, but she never sacrifices the fascinating complexity of her tale to a simple story line.

— Mary Beard

Science
“This merger of past and present is at the heart of Cathy Gere’s richly textured and well-written cultural history. . . . The implications of this fascinating book extend far beyond the island that is its focus.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
In this original, most readable, and at times mesmerizing book, Cathy Gere provides an historical and intellectual context for Arthur Evans's discovery and reconstruction of Knossos and Minoan civilization. . . . I think there is something of this wondrous quality in Gere's ability to discover links, connections, and underlying meanings in a dazzling array of archaeological, literary, and artistic works as well as between past, present, and future.

— Nicoletta Momigliano

Art Newspaper
Overall, this is an important contribution to our understanding of the role of archaeology and related fields in shaping the modern image of the past.”

— Yannis Galanakis

Simon Goldhill
“This is a simply wonderful book, expertly researched, written with panache, and consistently eye-opening. It brilliantly uncovers how the high priests of modernism—from Freud to Robert Graves to H.D.—were deeply engaged not just with the new discoveries of archaeology but also with a fantasy of ancient Crete—pacifist, sexually free, matriarchal—inaugurated by Sir Arthur Evans’s dig at Knossos. This is cultural history at its very best.”
Harper's - Benjamin Moser
“Cathy Gere re-creates a century of bizarre misreadings of the nearly unknown ancient culture of Crete, and in doing so has produced that rarest of literary surprises: a genuinely hilarious work of Minoan historiography. . . . Gere tells some outlandish stories, but she never makes the protagonists themselves ridiculous.”
Times Literary Supplement - Tom Holland
“Fascinating and consistently entertaining. . . . It is a tribute to the wit and clarity of Gere’s style that she is able to explain all this without making the reader’s brain ache.”
New York Review of Books - Mary Beard
"[A] brilliant study of the role of Knossos in twentieth-century culture. . . . Gere writes with clarity and wit, but she never sacrifices the fascinating complexity of her tale to a simple story line."
Yannis Hamilakis
“This is a wonderful, important, elegant, and well-written book. It constitutes a radical rereading of the archaeological process from the end of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, and it sheds new light both on the nature of archaeology at the time and on modernism as a philosophical and literary project. Different readers will be drawn to different aspects of Cathy Gere’s story but all will find it exciting and worthwhile.”
Robert Nye
“Cathy Gere writes with verve and clarity, and with Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism she offers a surprising juxtaposition of individual personalities and themes that gives us a new way of thinking about the cultural origins of some of the most interesting aspects of modern culture.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Nicoletta Momigliano
"In this original, most readable, and at times mesmerizing book, Cathy Gere provides an historical and intellectual context for Arthur Evans's discovery and reconstruction of Knossos and Minoan civilization. . . . I think there is something of this wondrous quality in Gere's ability to discover links, connections, and underlying meanings in a dazzling array of archaeological, literary, and artistic works as well as between past, present, and future."
Art Newspaper - Yannis Galanakis
“Overall, this is an important contribution to our understanding of the role of archaeology and related fields in shaping the modern image of the past.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226289540
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 575,905
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Gere is associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of The Tomb of Agamemnon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

I. The Birth of Tragedy, 1822-1897
An Archaeology of Heroes
A Prophecy of Tragedy
What Ariadne Is

II. Stand Up Tragedy, 1851-1899
The Dry Smell of Time
Eastern Questions
The Road to the Labyrinth
Greek Defeat
Reconstructing the Nation

III. Ariadne's Lament
Ariadne's Throne
The Great Cretan Mother
Ariadne's Dancing Floor
The Making of a Goddess
The Villa Ariadne
Cretan Victory
Ariadne in Chirico City

IV. The Concrete Labyrinth, 1914-1935
The Throne Room Complex
Captain of the Blacks
Court Ladies
Priest-King and Cowgirls
Lost Boys
The Lady of Sports
The Magic Ring
The Psyche Element
Little Souls

V. Psyche's Labyrinth, 1919-1949
Mythical Method
The Decline of Crete
Achilles' Shield
Freudian Archaeology
Psyche's Muse
Crete on the Couch
The Battle of Crete

VI. The Rebirth of Comedy, 1942-1949
Psyche Reborn
Paradise before Eve
Psyche Rewritten
The Consort
New Crete

VII. The Birth of Farce, 1950-2000
Romantic Revivals
The White Goddess
Black Athena
The Road Back to War

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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