The Knossos Labyrinth: A new view of the 'Palace of Minos' at Knossos
by Castleden, Rodney
London: Routledge, 1990. Original. Hardcover. NF/VG (former owner's name/date on ffep - professor of classical art - and hint of fading to dj spine). Butterscotch boards with gilt lettering. Color-illus. dj with red/blue lettering. Temple floor plan end papers. xii + 205 pp. with 20 bw plates, bw chapter title illustrations, and 54 bw line drawings. Knossos, like the Acropolis or Stonehenge, is a symbol for an entire culture. The Knossos Labyrinth was first built in the reign of a Middle Kingdom Egyptian pharaoh, and was from the start the focus of a glittering and exotic culture. Homer left elusive clues about the Knossian court and when the lost site of Knossos gradually re-emerged from obscurity in the nineteenth century, the first excavators - Minos Kalokairinos, Heinrich Schliemann, and Arthur Evans - were predisposed to see the site through the eyes of the classical authors. Rodney Castleden argues that this line of thought was a false trail and gives an alternative insight into the labyrinth which is every bit as exciting as the traditional explanations, and one which he believes is much closer to the truth. Rejecting Evans' view of Knossos as a bronze age royal palace, Castleden puts forward alternative interpretations - that the building was a necropolis or a temple - and argues that the temple interpretation is the most satisfactory in the light of modern archaeological knowledge about Minoan Crete. With 2 appendices and lists of all illustrations/plates.
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