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The Discoveries in Crete


And their Bearing on the History of Ancient Civilization


Indeed a classic of accessible archaeological writing, Burrows’ study of ancient Crete was one of the main contributors to the commencement of modern understanding of the Minoans. The earliest traces of the Minoan civilization are sketched out before he turns to the historical periods when Minos flourished. The sack of Knossos and the end of the Bronze Age are narrated against the archaeological background. Aware of the cultural continuity of classical stories from the island, he introduces the topic of the minotaur and the famed labyrinth of Knossos. For anyone interested in the roots of western civilization, or of the founding of classical civilizations, this book remains an essential reading.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-955-5
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Publication Date: May 5,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 268
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-955-5
$149.00

Indeed a classic of accessible archaeological writing, Burrows’ study of ancient Crete was one of the main contributors to the commencement of modern understanding of the Minoans. Starting out with the palace of Knossos and the nautical ability of Minos, Burrows takes the reader along to the further palaces of Phaestos and Hagia Triada and the excavations of the eastern part of the island of Crete. The earliest traces of the Minoan civilization are sketched out before he turns to the historical periods when Minos flourished. The sack of Knossos and the end of the Bronze Age are narrated against the archaeological background. Aware of the cultural continuity of classical stories from the island, he introduces the topic of the minotaur and the famed labyrinth of Knossos. The international relations with the East and North are considered, as well as the place of Crete in the Homeric poems. For anyone interested in the roots of western civilization, or of the founding of classical civilizations, this book remains essential reading.

Ronald Montagu Burrows (1867-1920) was the archaeologist largely responsible for recovering Minoan civilization. He was Professor of Greek at University College, Cardiff and the University of Manchester. He eventually became Principal of King’s College London.

Indeed a classic of accessible archaeological writing, Burrows’ study of ancient Crete was one of the main contributors to the commencement of modern understanding of the Minoans. Starting out with the palace of Knossos and the nautical ability of Minos, Burrows takes the reader along to the further palaces of Phaestos and Hagia Triada and the excavations of the eastern part of the island of Crete. The earliest traces of the Minoan civilization are sketched out before he turns to the historical periods when Minos flourished. The sack of Knossos and the end of the Bronze Age are narrated against the archaeological background. Aware of the cultural continuity of classical stories from the island, he introduces the topic of the minotaur and the famed labyrinth of Knossos. The international relations with the East and North are considered, as well as the place of Crete in the Homeric poems. For anyone interested in the roots of western civilization, or of the founding of classical civilizations, this book remains essential reading.

Ronald Montagu Burrows (1867-1920) was the archaeologist largely responsible for recovering Minoan civilization. He was Professor of Greek at University College, Cardiff and the University of Manchester. He eventually became Principal of King’s College London.

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  • PREFACE (page 7)
  • CONTENTS (page 15)
  • THE DISCOVERIES IN CRETE: CHAPTER I THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS AND THE SEA POWER OF MINOS (page 19)
  • CHAPTER II: THE PALACES OF PHAESTOS AND HAGIA TRIADA, AND THE EXCAVATIONS IN EASTERN CRETE (page 42)
  • CHAPTER III: THE BEGINNINGS OF MINOAN CIVILISATION (page 60)
  • CHAPTER IV: THE BUILDING OF THE PALACES, AND THE GREAT MIDDLE MINOAN PERIODS (page 75)
  • CHAPTER V: EGYPTIAN CHRONOLOGY AND THE DATE OF THE MIDDLE MINOAN PERIODS (page 88)
  • CHAPTER VI: THE PALACE STYLE AND THE SACK OF KNOSSOS (page 106)
  • CHAPTER VII: THE END OF THE BRONZE AGE (page 120)
  • CHAPTER VIII: THE LABYRINTH AND THE MINOTAUR (page 129)
  • CHAPTER IX: CRETE AND THE EAST (page 155)
  • CHAPTER X: CRETE AND THE NORTH (page 185)
  • CHAPTER XI: THE NEOLITHIC POTTERY OF SOUTH RUSSIA AND CENTRAL EUROPE (page 206)
  • CHAPTER XII: CRETE AND THE HOMERIC POEMS (page 225)
  • APPENDIX A: THE EGYPTIAN YEAR (page 243)
  • APPENDIX B (page 249)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY: PERIODICALS (page 253)
  • INDEX (page 261)
  • ADDENDA-MAY I907 (page 267)