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Introduction: The Modernization of Myth

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Minos and the Moderns: Cretan Myth in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195336917
eISBN:
9780199868353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336917.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The introduction analyzes the resurgence of interest in Minoan civilization—its history and its myths—in the modern consciousness following the spectacular publicity in 1900 surrounding the ... More


Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Cathy Gere

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

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 ... More


Greek or Minoan? Names and Naming Habits in the Aegean Bronze Age

Torsten Meißner

in Changing Names: Tradition and Innovation in Ancient Greek Onomastics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266540
eISBN:
9780191884245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266540.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The decipherment of Linear B in 1952 has added a completely new historical dimension to the study of Greek personal names. Due to the administrative nature of the texts, the Linear B documents ... More


Introduction

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The fabled Bronze Age Palace of Knossos enjoys the dubious distinction of being one of the first reinforced concrete buildings ever erected on the island. Parts of Knossos are pure modernism. ... More


Stand-Up Tragedy, 1851–1899

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter investigates the idiosyncratic mixture of political passions and psychological imperatives that shaped Knossos as the quintessential temple of Dionysian modernism, and also introduces ... More


The Concrete Labyrinth, 1914–1935

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter, which addresses the construction of Arthur Evans's modernist “peace memorial” and the writing of his Palace of Minos, also presents a consideration of the gold “Ring of Nestor.” The ... More


Psyche's Labyrinth, 1919–1941

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter concentrates on the interwar period, looking at Arthur Evans's work in relation to modernist art, literature, and psychoanalysis, taking as its central motif his reconstruction of the ... More


Conclusion

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226289533
eISBN:
9780226289557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter concludes with the gradual scholarly dismantling of the pacifist vision of ancient Crete, culminating in the “Minoan Roads Program” of the 1980s and 1990s, during which archaeologists ... More


Mystic Plants and Aegean Nature Goddesses

Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz

in Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190490263
eISBN:
9780190868673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190490263.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

“Mystic Plants and Aegean Nature Goddesses” examines the artistically and symbolically dense rituals of the ancient Minoans which often focused on nature goddesses and sacred trees and flowers. Ring ... More


Middle Minoan III—Late Minoan IIIB Tombs and Funerary Practices in South-Central Crete

Luca Girella

in Death in Late Bronze Age Greece: Variations on a Theme

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190926069
eISBN:
9780190926090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190926069.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, Ancient Religions

This chapter explores the funerary data of South-Central Crete, with particular consideration of Western Mesara, in the Neopalatial, Final, and early Postpalatial period (16th–13th century BC). ... More


Architecture: Building Dynamics at the Micro-Scale

Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0008
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

In this section we tackle individual buildings. For domestic structures, the scale is that of the household, whereas for more monumental buildings—such as the palaces or the so-called ... More


Best Laid Plans: An Archaeology of Architectural Anomalies in Bronze Age Crete

Tim Cunningham

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

Approaches to Minoan architecture (Graham 1962; Preziosi 1983; Hitchcock 2000; Shaw 2009, 2015; Letesson 2009; McEnroe 2010) have focused on its positive qualities, and since Evans’s excavations in ... More


Architectural Energetics and Late Bronze Age Cretan Architecture: Measuring the Scale of Minoan Building Projects

Maud Devolder

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

It may appear to be asking too much of archaeological evidence to attempt an assessment of the scale of Minoan building projects, their impact on communities, or the role of the labour-time needed ... More


The Development and Character of Urban Communities in Prehistoric Crete in their Regional Context: A Preliminary Study

Todd Whitelaw

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0014
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

This chapter is a preliminary sketch of an approach to analysing Minoan and Aegean urbanism in the Bronze Age. It comprises two sections, the first an outline of urban development, focusing ... More


Minoan Group Design: The ‘View from the Bridge’

Clairy Palyvou

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0015
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

The aim of this chapter is to address the so-called Minoan Palace as a design object. To detect and unfold, in other words, the design logic that produced this hybrid configuration standing ... More


The Middle Minoan Slipway for Ships at the Kommos Harbour, and Harbour Development in Prehistoric Crete

Joseph W. Shaw

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0017
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

Revealed at Kommos in 1985, in Southern Crete, was a long, narrow strip of slab paving, dating to a Middle Minoan (henceforth MM) period. It is laid out east–west, and was found below the central ... More


A Comparative Perspective on Minoan Urbanism

Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett

in Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198793625
eISBN:
9780191917127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793625.003.0023
Subject:
Archaeology, European Archaeology

Urban settlements are often presented as a prominent feature of Bronze Age Crete (McEnroe 2010). And yet, summarizing what is actually known about Minoan towns is much more challenging than one ... More


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