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    DescriptionNot only is one of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art-the celebrated gold and ivory statuette of the Snake Goddess-almost certainly modern, but Minoan civilization as it has been popularly imagined is largely an invention of the early twentieth century. This is Kenneth Lapatin's startling conclusion in Mysteries of the Snake Goddess-a brilliant investigation into the true origins of the celebrated Bronze Age artifact, and into the fascinating world of archaeologists, adventurers, and artisans that converged in Crete at the turn of the twentieth century. Including characters from Sir Arthur Evans, legendary excavator of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, who was driven to discover a sophisticated early European civilization to rival that of the Orient, to his principal restorer Swiss painter Emil Gillieron, who out of handfuls of fragments fashioned a picture of Minoan life that conformed to contemporary taste, this is a riveting tale of archeological discovery.

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    Mysteries of the Snake Goddess
    Art, Desire, and the Forging of History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kenneth Lapatin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 327 g
    ISBN 13: 9780306813283
    ISBN 10: 0306813289

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC classification: CC
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Approval Code: A17403000
    DC21: 939.18
    DC22: 939.18072
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NKD
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, map
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Da Capo Press Inc
    Publication date
    24 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, MA
    Author Information
    Kenneth Lapatin is Assistant Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
    Review quote
    "An archaeological detective story and, on a far deeper level, an inquiry into the uses of the past. "Mysteries of the Snake Goddess is, indeed a mystery.... Suffice to say, as [Lapatin] does at the end, that 'she has provided a canvas on which archaeologists and curators, looters and smugglers, dealers and forgers, art patrons and museum goers, feminists and spiritualists, have painted their preconceptions, desires and preoccupations for an idealized past.'"