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British Museum Press, 2002 - History - 224 pages
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This book assesses what we really know about the Minoans' life and times, defining the essential characteristics of a distinctive Cretan culture and setting this within its contemporary historical context which included not only Greece but the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt. The author discusses the major themes of daily life such as social and economic organization, agriculture, architecture and religion, drawing upon the latest archaeological research including examples of Linear B and the evidence of recent excavations to paint a broad chronological picture of a fascinating and important culture. J. Lesley Fitton is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek Roman Antiquities in the British Museum.

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User Review  - Peter Jakobsen - Goodreads

For over 40 years Sir Arthur Evans had a patent on "Minoan" civilisation on Crete and tended to make it up as he went, albeit subconsciously. This rather sober book puts the pots and pans and 'restored' frescoes in a slightly less romantic context. Read full review

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User Review  - John Carter McKnight - Goodreads

Readable, charming history and travelogue of Minoan civilization, holding close to the archaeological record, while sketching a picture of a culture, a civilization, and a regional power. An excellent book to bring on travel, or for armchair adventures, and an excellent introduction to the Minoans. Read full review


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J. Lesley Fitton is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities in The British Museum.

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