The Bull of Minos

The Bull of Minos

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 108 x 176 x 10mm | 140g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New impression
  • 0330130358
  • 9780330130356

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Almost simultaneous with the publication of Robert Payne's Gold of Troy (Funk & Wagnalls- page 599) is this second story of the life of Heinrich Schliemann, and a dual biography of the man who followed him, Sir Arthur Evans, an equally amaizing man. Turning like Schliemann to archaeology in middle life, working from a vast knowledge of Homer and of Schliemann's findings, Evans proved that Schliemann had misinterpreted many of his discoveries. His interest in minute Homeric detail led him to Crete, where at Knossos he uncovered the Palace of Minos and the remains of the vast and sophisticated Minoan civilization, including many inscriptions in an unknown language. An extensive appendix tells how these have recently been deciphered by the late Michael Ventris and others. Carefully documented, this is no dry tale of dead cities, but full of the vitality of vanished civilizations, Minoan bulls and dancers, Mycenae's bloody past. It is an ideal follow-up for readers of Mary Renault's The King Must Die, and both amateur and professional archaeologists will find it absorbing. (Kirkus Reviews)show more