Neopalatial Crete - the 'Golden Age' of the Minoan Civilization - possessed palaces, exquisite artefacts, and iconography with pre-eminent females. While lacking in fortifications, ritual symbolism cloaked the island, an elaborate bureaucracy logged transactions, and massive storage areas enabled the redistribution of goods. We cannot read the Linear A script, but the libation formulae suggest an island-wide koine. Within this cultural identity, there is considerable variation in how the Minoan elites organized themselves and others on an intra-site and regional basis. This book explores and celebrates this rich, diverse and dynamic culture through analyses of important sites, as well as Minoan administration, writing, economy and ritual. Key themes include the role of Knossos in wider Minoan culture and politics, the variable modes of centralization and power relations detectable across the island, and the role of ritual and cult in defining and articulating elite control.
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About the Author
Ellen Adams is Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at King's College London. She has conducted research based at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D.), the British School at Athens (Ph.D. and Leverhulme Study Abroad Award), and Trinity College, Dublin (Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Postdoctoral Award). She has been involved in fieldwork in Britain, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. The background to Neopalatial Crete; 3. Elite architecture and artefacts; 4. Palaces and their context; 5. Other settlements and regional groupings; 6. The ritual landscape and extra-urban sanctuaries; 7. Literacy, administration and communication; 8. The economy; 9. Who were the Minoans? Self-representation and others in 'Minoan' identity; 10. Conclusion.