In Search of the Bronze Age Minoans

Come with us across the ‘wine-dark sea’ to Crete and the Bronze Age palaces of Knossos, Mallia, Phaestos, Zakros, Petras and Galatas, as we go in reach of ‘the Minoans.’ We begin with a consideration of the work and influence of Sir Arthurs Evans( dates) before evaluating recent challenges to his interpretation of ‘the Minoans.’ The island civilisation of Crete shall be considered in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean. We will examine social structures, religion, defence, shipping and entry ports, economic and diplomatic exchange, pottery and artistic expression. How do we account for the fall of Minoan Civilization?


SUGGESTED READING

  • Rodney Castleden, Minoans. Life in Bronze Age Crete. London. 1990.
  • From the Land of the Labyrinth Minoan Crete 3000-1100BC. 2 vols. Vol 1. Catalogue of Minoan art exhibition Alexander Onassis Foundation, New York, and Vol.2 collection of essays. New York, 2008.
  • J. Alexander MacGillivray, Minotaur. Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth. London, 2000.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Arthur Evans – his theories about the Minoans and his influence on the development of ‘Minoan’ archaeology. Revisionism since the 1980s
  • Crete before the palaces
  • Getting to know the Palaces of Kossos & Zakros
  • Minoan religion, cultic practices and burial customs
  • Minoan ‘trade,’ culture contact, diplomacy and diplomatic exchange
  • The decline and fall of the Minoan civilisation
$145 Limited / $131

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12 Mar

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