Minoan Life in Bronze Age Crete

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Thoroughly researched, Rodney Castleden's Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete here sues the results of recent research to produce a comprehensive new vision of the peoples of Minoan Crete.

Since Sir Arthur Evans rediscovered the Minoans in the early 1900s, we have defined a series of cultural traits that make the ‘Minoan personality’: elegant, graceful and sophisticated, these nature lovers lived in harmony with their neighbours, while their fleets ruled the seas around Crete. This, at least, is the popular view of the Minoans. But how far does the later work of archaeologists in Crete support this view?

Drawing on his experience of being actively involved in research on landscapes processes and prehistory for the last twenty years, Castleden writes clearly and accessibly to provide a text essential to the study of this fascinating subject.

Since their rediscovery in the early 1900s, Minoans have been defined by a series of cultural traits: elegance, gracefulness and sophistication, lovers of nature, in harmony with their neighbors. But how far does the later work of archaeologists support this view? Castleden uses the results of recent research to produce a comprehensive view of the peoples of Minoan Crete. Illustrations.

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In this companion to The Knossos Labyrinth (Routledge, 1990), Castleden gives us an outline of the Minoan culture that, he alleges, is more consistent with recent archaeological evidence: that Knossos was a temple, not a palace, in which occurred not only athletic games and graceful rites, but also human sacrifice and other behaviors pointing to a previously unsuspected dark side to the Minoan personality; and that the Minoan world view and distinctive artistic vision were stimulated by the widespread eating of opium. His revision is not implausible. In early cultures the line between church and state tended to be hazy; so with its architecture. On the other hand, in his zeal to reexamine all traditional theories Castleden frequently proposes scenarios drawn more from psychosocial inference than evidence, yielding arguments less compelling than the originals. A nation of addicts could scarcely have had the energy to execute drug-induced creativity, much less to develop the commercial empire that was ancient Crete under the Minoans. Thought-provoking nonetheless.--Jo-Ann D. Suleiman, Sanad Support Technologies, Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415088336
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/19/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 521,063
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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