Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess

Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess : A Near Eastern Koine

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Ancient Minoan culture has been typically viewed as an ancestor of classical Greek civilization, but this book shows that Minoan Crete was on the periphery of a powerfully dynamic cultural interchange with its neighbors. Analyzing the symbols of the Minoan theocratic system and their similarities to those of Syria, Anatolia, and Egypt, Nanno Marinatos unlocks many Minoan visual riddles and establishes what she calls a "cultural koine," or standard set of cultural assumptions, that circulated throughout the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean. With more than 150 illustrations, Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess delivers a comprehensive reading of Minoan art as a system of thought.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 137 line drawings, 24 black and white photographs, 3 tables, 1 map
  • 0252033922
  • 9780252033926
  • 930,147

Review quote

"An exhilarating book, breezily written with a hands-on approach to the material."--Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections "A well-written and richly informed work, which forcefully reasserts the validity of the ways eminent scholars, going back to the early work of Sir Arthur Evans more than a century ago, thought. In many ways it is a tour de force of scholarship, embodying new insights and illuminating points of detail."--Times Literary Supplement, Colin Renfrewshow more

About Nanno Marinatos

Nanno Marinatos is a professor and the department head of classics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of Minoan Religion: Ritual, Image, and Symbol and other books.show more

Table of contents

Preface 1. Introduction; 2. The King and Queen in Art; 3. The King and Queen as High Priests; 4. Thrones of Gods--Thrones of Kings; 5. The House of God; 6. Who Sees the Gods Face to Face?; 7. Minoan Prophecy and Royal Power; 8. The Cosmic Mountain as a Frontier; 9. The Double Axe, the Ankh, and the Ox Head; 10. The Rosette, Half-Rosette, and "Incurved Altar"; 11. Minoan Afterlife Beliefs; 12. The Solar Goddess of Kingship; 13. The Storm God; 14. Translating the Gods of the Religious Koine; 15. Conclusions: A Tribute to Sir Arthur Evans Notes; Bibliography; Figures and Credits; Indexshow more