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    DescriptionKnossos, like the Acropolis or Stonehenge, is a symbol for an entire culture. The Knossos Labyrinth was first built in the reign of a Middle Kingdom Egyptian pharaoh, and was from the start the focus of a glittering and exotic culture. Homer left elusive clues about the Knossian court and when the lost site of Knossos gradually re-emerged from obscurity in the nineteenth century, the first excavators - Minos Kalokairinos, Heinrich Schliemann, and Arthur Evans - were predisposed to see the site through the eyes of the classical authors. Rodney Castleden argues that this line of thought was a false trail and gives an alternative insight into the labyrinth which is every bit as exciting as the traditional explanations, and one which he believes is much closer to the truth. Rejecting Evans' view of Knossos as a bronze age royal palace, Castleden puts forward alternative interpretations - that the building was a necropolis or a temple - and argues that the temple interpretation is the most satisfactory in the light of modern archaeological knowledge about Minoan Crete.

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    The Knossos Labyrinth
    A New View of the 'Palace of Minos' at Knossos
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rodney Castleden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 589 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415033152
    ISBN 10: 0415033152

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    DC22: 938
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
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    DC19: 939.18
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    LC classification: DF221.C8
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    LC classification: DF221.C8 C37 1990
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC
    Illustrations note
    illus, 20 half tones, 54 figures
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    01 January 1990
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    'Whatever view of Knossos the reader supports, anyone with an interest in Minoan Crete will find this an exceedingly interesting and thought provoking book which cannot be ignored or summarily dismissed.' - Minerva '... a model for the sort of book archaeologists ought to write.' - Cambridge Archaeological Review '... his book will serve as excellent background, as well as a very manageable guide for anyone about to visit the site.' - Sunday Telegraph 'In addition to offering a new and convincing perspective to the original understanding of Knossos, this fascinating book will also serve as a useful guide, giving descriptions and explanations for many of the surviving chambers and structures which will greatly assist future visitors.' - The Greek Gazette