Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2014

18 December 2014

Cretan Cities: Formation and Transformation

Edited by Florence Gaignerot-Driessen & Jan Driessen

Cretan Cities: Formation and Transformation

City: Louvain-la-Neuve

Year: 2014

Publisher: Presses Universitaires de Louvain

Series: AEGIS 07

Description: Paperback, 182 p., 29,7x21 cm

From the introduction

From 2010 to 2012, a seminar series entitled La naissance des cités crétoises was organised by UCL, with the support of the National Research Foundation (FNRS), the Hubert Curien Partnership Tournesol (PHC Tournesol), the Centre for the Study of Ancient Worlds (CEMA), and the Institute for Civilisations, Arts and Literature (INCAL). The primary aim of the seminar series was to acquaint students with new research on the origin and early development of the city-state on the island of Crete, and to provide an opportunity to present the results of ongoing archaeological projects. Eight Cretan sites (Axos, Phaistos, Prinias, Karphi, Dreros, Azoria, Praisos, and Itanos), recently excavated or re-excavated, were thus respectively considered in their regional and historical contexts by Eva Tegou (25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities), Daniela Lefèvre-Novaro (University of Strasbourg), Antonella Pautasso (Institute of Archeological Heritage, Monuments and Sites/National Research Council), Saro Wallace (British School at Athens), Vasiliki Zographaki (24th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities) and Alexandre Farnoux (French School in Athens), Donald Haggis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), James Whitley (University of Cardiff), Didier Viviers and Athéna Tsingarida (Free University of Brussels). These lectures were well-attended and very much enjoyed, as were the “commensal events” organized for the occasion: each time they gave rise to thought provoking discussions and encouraged the development of international and intergenerational collaborations in the field. So we are thankful to the speakers for their stimulating contributions to the seminar series.


Florence Gaignerot-Driessen, Introduction: Reading Cretan Cities, writing Cretan cities [13-19]

1. Eva Tegou, Axos, a Cretan City (1200-500 BC) [21-42]

2. Daniela Lefèvre-Novaro, La naissance de la polis de Phaistos. Du site mycénien à la cité dorienne [43-58]

3. Antonella Pautasso, Prinias. Une cité crétoise de l’Âge du Fer et son histoire [59-77]

4. Saro Wallace, The Creative City. The Construction of Cretan Society after the 1200 BC Collapse [79-102]

5. Vasiliki Zographaki & Alexandre Farnoux, Dréros : Cité et sanctuaires [103-117]

6. Donald C. Haggis, Azoria and Archaic Urbanization [119-139]

7. James Whitley, Commensality and the “Citizen State”. The Case of Praisos [141-163]

8. Didier Viviers & Athéna Tsingarida, Facing the Sea: Cretan Identity in a Harbour-city Context. Some Remarks on the Early Development of Itanos [165-182]


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