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The Palace of Minos
A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos

Volume 1. The Neolithic and Early and Middle Minoan Ages


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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061018

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  • Inspired by Schliemann's discoveries at Mycenae and Troy, Sir Arthur John Evans (1851–1941), keeper of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum from 1884 to 1908, trustee of the British Museum and fellow of the Royal Society, used his inherited wealth to purchase land in Crete at Knossos. From 1900 he commenced excavations there in co-operation with the British School at Athens. Work continued for eight full seasons, uncovering a Bronze Age palace and bringing to light further architectural and artefactual remains of Minoan civilisation, including numerous texts in Linear A and Linear B. Evans' speculative reconstruction of the site in reinforced concrete remains controversial, and some of his interpretations are disputed, but his pioneering work is painstakingly detailed in this highly illustrated multi-volume work, published between 1921 and 1935, with an index volume appearing in 1936. Volume 1 (1921) opens with a sketch of Minoan civilisation and then surveys its early history.

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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061018
    • length: 806 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.9kg
    • contains: 553 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Neolithic stage in Crete
    Part I. The Early Minoan Age:
    2. Early Minoan I
    3. Early Minoan II
    4. Early Minoan III
    Part II. The First Middle Minoan Period (M.M.I):
    5. Foundation of Knossian palace
    6. The peak sanctuary of Knossos and the 'tomb of Zeus'
    7. Ceramic phases
    8. Metal-work, seals, and foreign relations
    Part III. The Second Middle Minoan Period (M.M.II):
    9. Consolidation of Knossian palace
    10. Drainage and sanitary system
    11. Royal pottery stores
    acme of polychrome fabrics
    12. The loom-weight deposit
    13. The hieroglyphic deposit
    14. Egyptian monument and relations
    15. The town mosaic
    Part IV. The Third Middle Minoan Period (M.M.III):
    16. The beginning of a new era
    17. The domestic quarter
    18. North-east borders and basements of M.M.III East Hall
    19. North quarter and entrance
    20. North-west bailey and lustral area
    21. West palace region, and double axe cult
    22. Floor-cists or 'kaselles' of western palace region
    23. The temple repositories and royal draught-board
    24. Knossian faïence - the beads
    25. The snake goddess and relics of her shrine
    26. Minoan fresco
    27. The palace pottery stores
    28. Survivals of ceramic polychromy and rise of naturalism
    29. The Linear Script A and its sacral usage
    30. The Phaestos disk in its Minoan relations
    31. Seal types and their relations with greater art
    32. Winged creations and the 'flying gallop'.

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