Tomb of Agamemnon

Tomb of Agamemnon

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From Homer to Himmler, from Thucydides to Freud, Mycenae has occupied a singular place in the western imagination. As the backdrop to one of the more famous military campaigns of all time, Agamemnon's city has served for generation after generation as a symbol of the human appetite for war. As an archaeological site, it has given its name to the splendours of one of Europe's earliest civilisations: the Mycenaean Age. In this fascinating book, Cathy Gere tells the story of this extraordinary place - from the Cult of the Hero that sprung up in the shadow of the great burned walls in the eighth century BC, to Agamemnon's twentieth-century reincarnation as an Aryan military genius, to the distinctly anti-heroic conclusions of modern archaeology.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 136 x 202 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861976178
  • 9781861976178

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Archaeologist Cathy Gere's wonderful little history/guidebook, "The Tomb of Agamemnon," is about a lot of things. It's about how each new era bends the past to its own needs. It's about what's gained--and lost--when scientists displace passionate amateurs. It's about the human desire to impose narrative, false if need be, on the mute relics of history. What Gere's book isn't about, strictly speaking, is the tomb of Agamemnon, because that doesn't exist...Still, lots of historical icons are fictional--George Washington's wooden teeth come to mind--and Gere spends a hundred or so lively, thought-provoking pages describing the "highly productive career" of this one... Unlikely as it seems, this book is a real page-turner. And if you like it, you're in luck. Gere's book is the latest in an ongoing series YWonders of the World on great monuments--Westminster Abbey, the Parthenon--published by Harvard University Press. Don't leave home without them. -- Joann C. Gutin "Newsday" (03/05/2006)show more

About Cathy Gere

Cathy Gere is a historian of science from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at Cambridge University, who has published on a wide range of topics from witchcraft to brain banking. Her book Modernist Knossos: the Concrete Labyrinth is forthcoming.show more

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