The Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene, Libya, Final Reports I: Background and Introduction to the ExcavationsHardback University Museum Monographs Language: English / Arabic
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- Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum
- Format: Hardback | 164 pages
- Language: English / Arabic
- Dimensions: 216mm x 285mm x 18mm | 998g
- Publication date: 1 September 1984
- Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
- ISBN 10: 0934718512
- ISBN 13: 9780934718516
- Illustrations note: 123 illus.
According to Herodotus, Cyrene was colonized by settlers from the island of Thera, later joined by other colonists from Crete, Samos, Laconia, and Rhodes. Traditionally the foundation date has been set at 631 B.C. The sanctuary began to develop within a generation of the establishment of the colony and continued in use until its destruction by an earthquake in A.D. 262. In this volume, the excavator presents the background of the site, the history of its excavation, and an overall view of the current project.
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Donald White is Curator of the Mediterranean Section of the University Museum.
"An excellent general introduction to the sanctuary and the evacuation... The excavators have been meticulous in their observation and recording, and the presentation of the material is well done."-Journal of Hellenic Studies "White has given the series a splendid start with this highly professional introduction. Apart from its scholarly merit, the report is written in a delightfully clear style, with occasional touches of dry humor."-Libyan Studies