Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2017

1 January 2020

Cultural Identity in Minoan Crete. Social Dynamics in the Neopalatial Period

Ellen Adams

Cultural Identity in Minoan Crete. Social Dynamics in the Neopalatial Period

City: New York & Cambridge

Year: 2017

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Description: Σκληρό εξώφυλλο, 347 σ., 2 ασπρόμαυροι πίνακες, πολυάριθμες ασπρόμαυρες εικόνες, 18,5 x 26 εκ.


Neopalatial Crete – the ‘Golden Age’ of the Minoan Civilization – possessed palaces, exquisite artefacts, and iconography with pre-eminent females. While lacking in fortifications, ritual symbolism cloaked the island, an elaborate bureaucracy logged transactions, and massive storage areas enabled the redistribution of goods. We cannot read the Linear A script, but the libation formulae suggest an island-wide koine. Within this cultural identity, there is considerable variation in how the Minoan elites organized themselves and others on an intra-site and regional basis. This book explores and celebrates this rich, diverse and dynamic culture through analyses of important sites, as well as Minoan administration, writing, economy and ritual. Key themes include the role of Knossos in wider Minoan culture and politics, the variable modes of centralization and power relations detectable across the island, and the role of ritual and cult in defining and articulating elite control.


List of Figures [ix-x]

List of Tables [xi]

Preface [xiii-xv]

1. Introduction [1-16]

2. The Background to Neopalatial Crete [17-34]

3. Elite Architecture and Artifacts [35-69]

4. Palaces and their Contexts [70-107]

5. Other Settlements and Regional Groupings [108-141]

6. The Ritual Landscape and Extra-Urban Sanctuaries [142-161]

7. Literacy, Administration, and Communication [162-184]

8. The Economy [185-208]

9. Who Were the Minoans? Self-Representation and Others in Neopalatial Identity [209-229]

10. Conclusions [230-239]

Notes [240-285]

Bibliography [286-342]

Index [343-347]


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