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    DescriptionAncient 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.

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    Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess
    A Near Eastern Koine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nanno Marinatos
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9780252033926
    ISBN 10: 0252033922

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG, 1DVGSC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC002010
    DC22: 299/.1
    LC classification: BL793.C7 M335 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 299.1
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    DC22: 939.18
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: REL114000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVGSC
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    137 line drawings, 24 b&w photographs, 3 tables, 1 map
    University of Illinois Press
    Imprint name
    University of Illinois Press
    Publication date
    25 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "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." Colin Renfrew Times Literary Supplement "An exhilarating book, breezily written with a hands-on approach to the material." Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections "A multifaceted, innovative work that freshly interprets many aspects of the Minoan religious symbol system. Without a doubt, this book will stimulate extensive scholarly discussion." Thomas Staubli, co-author of Body Symbolism in the Bible "A radical and provocative view of Minoan art, religion, and society. Marinatos provides new readings of numerous Minoan artifacts, offering solutions to many puzzles and placing the imagery within a semantic system of sacral kingship and cosmology." Kenneth D. S. Lapatin, author of Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History
    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; Index