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The Knossos labyrinth : a new view of the "Palace of Minos" at Knosos / Rodney Castleden ; illustrated by the author.

By: Castleden, Rodney.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1990Description: 1 online resource (xi, 205 p., [12] p. of plates) : ill.ISBN: 0203405005 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader); 9780203405000 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader); 058545261X (electronic bk.); 9780585452616 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Palace of Knossos (Knossos) | Knossos (Extinct city) | Crete (Greece) -- Antiquities | Greece -- AntiquitiesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Knossos labyrinth.DDC classification: 938 LOC classification: DF221.C8 | C37 1990Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
1. The legendary Knossos -- 2. The discovery of the labyrinth -- 3. Arthur Evans and the 1900 dig at Knossos -- 4. The neolithic and pre-palace periods at Knossos -- 5. The bronze age palace : Sir Arthur Evans' interpretation -- 6. Wunderlich's 'Palace of the dead' -- 7. The temple of the goddesses -- 8. Beyond the labyrinth walls -- 9. The lady of the labyrinth -- 10. The bull dance -- 11. The Thera eruption -- 12. The fall of the labyrinth -- 13. The journey of the soul.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-196) and index.

1. The legendary Knossos -- 2. The discovery of the labyrinth -- 3. Arthur Evans and the 1900 dig at Knossos -- 4. The neolithic and pre-palace periods at Knossos -- 5. The bronze age palace : Sir Arthur Evans' interpretation -- 6. Wunderlich's 'Palace of the dead' -- 7. The temple of the goddesses -- 8. Beyond the labyrinth walls -- 9. The lady of the labyrinth -- 10. The bull dance -- 11. The Thera eruption -- 12. The fall of the labyrinth -- 13. The journey of the soul.

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Castleden is a geographer/geomorphologist by training. In this book he documents the mythological and archaeological history of Knossos and promotes his own hypothesis (already proposed but not fully discussed by Paul Faure in La Vie quotidienne en Crete au temps de Minos, 1973) that the "Palace of Minos" at Knossos was a temple. A significant theme here, not new to Greek prehistorians, is that the biases of excavator Sir Arthur Evans (The Palace of Minos at Knossos, 4 v., 1921-1936) led him to draw unfounded conclusions. This can hardly be debated, and Castleden does document many errors and follies in Evans's reconstruction and interpretation of the "palace." Yet Castleden's own bias toward a religious interpretation of the building is so strong that he equals and often exceeds Evans in leaping to questionable conclusions. The major flaw in this book is that the author neither addresses the problem of defining what is "religious" in the archaeological record, nor cites his own criteria for identifying cult places at Knossos. The work is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings, and the bibliography is useful but not all-inclusive, citing mostly works in English. Castledon's unscholarly methodology and his decision to omit footnotes make this often interesting book most suitable for general readers. -S. Brown, University of California, Los Angeles

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