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Minoan Life in Bronze Age Crete

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Thoroughly researched, Rodney Castleden's Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete here sues the results of recent research to produce a comprehensive new vision of the peoples of Minoan Crete.

Since Sir Arthur Evans rediscovered the Minoans in the early 1900s, we have defined a series of cultural traits that make the Minoan personality: elegant, graceful and sophisticated, these...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published December 17th 1992 by Routledge (first published December 31st 1990)
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Vincent Rivas-Flores
A decent introduction to the Minoan civilization, but not every building is a temple.
This was a good overview of Minoan culture and of the various archaeological findings. I wish there were more diagrams, but the ones that were there were good. I like seeing the temple layouts. Castleden did good job of collecting and paraphrasing the research on different aspects of the Minoans. The final chapter in particular was enlightening. The common perceptions of the Minoans were examined and compared with the archaeological evidence, with Greek views to Evans' thoughts to present ideas...more
I was real tempted to rate this book a 2 for the first half which was quite academic and spent much time on pottery and ceramic shards (ugh). The second half focused more on the Minoan religion which is fascinating. Still, this book lacked a real good description of the Labyrinth at Knossos, the legend of the Minotaur, or the Snake Goddess which to me are the most fascinating aspects of Minoan culture. Also, no mention of a possible link between Crete and the Atlantis myth or a possible Tsunami...more
good tool to help see beyond the column bases and fresco bits and start to imagine the skylit springs and shaded processionals of the Minoan palaces. written with enthusiasm, if not a great deal of academic rigor
Not well organized at all, dry as an algebra lecture. The shortcoming isn't entirely the author's fault, there isn't much to work with. However, overall, I wasn't impressed, and I quit partway through.
Ender Wiggin
This really good, very informative. He frequently mentions artwork or pictures and doesn't include them though, which is really annoying!
Dec 22, 2009 Tanya is currently reading it
Pretty good research so far.
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