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Minoan and Mycenaean Art by Reynold Higgins; Lyvia Morgan (Foreword by)The magnificent works of ancient Crete, Mycenae, and the Cycladic Islands are awe-inspiring in their richness and variety. Frescoes, jewelry, sculpture, gold funeral masks, ivories, and countless other beautiful artifacts--all the significant works of art and architecture that are our legacy from those great civilizations in the third and second millennia BC are described and illustrated in Dr. Higgins's distinguished survey. This fully revised and updated edition includes greater coverage of the breathtaking frescoes from Akrotiri on the island of Thera. Other recent findings are also illustrated and described in detail, such as the unique ivory figure from Palaikastro, objects from the palace of Mallia, and the intriguing discovery of Minoan frescoes in Egypt.
Minoans by Rodney CastledenSince their rediscovery in the early 1900s, Minoans have been defined by a series of cultural traits: elegance, gracefulness and sophistication, lovers of nature, in harmony with their neighbors. But how far does the later work of archaeologists support this view? Castleden uses the results of recent research to produce a comprehensive view of the peoples of Minoan Crete. Illustrations.
A Guide to the Palace of Nestor: Mycenaean Sites in Its Environs, and the Chora Museum by Carl W. Blegen; Marion Rawson; Jack L. Davis; Cynthia W. ShelmerdineIn spring 1939, as the prospect of war loomed, a joint Greek-American archaeological expedition began excavation on the hill of Epano Englianos, high above the modern town of Pylos in southwest Greece. Almost immediately more than 600 tablets bearing inscriptions in Linear B script were uncovered, as well as stone walls, fragments of frescoes, and stucco floors. The discoveries were kept secret during the war years and it was only in 1952 that the project could return to uncover, over 15 seasons, the Mycenaean building now know as the Palace of Nestor. This beautifully illustrated color guide surveys the buildings and objects discovered and reconstructs life in the citadel and its associated tombs. It also describes the surrounding landscape, using evidence uncovered by the Pylos Regional Archaeology Project which surveyed the wider area around the palace between 1992 and 1995.
The Temple Complex: The Helleno-British excavations within the citadel at Mycenae, by W. D. Taylor; E. B. French; K. A. WardleThis text presents an account of the excavation and stratigraphy of the Temple Complex and of the unique series of clay figures whose interpretation gave rise to the identification of this part of the citadel as a cult centre.