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Elite Minoan Architecture: Its Development at Knossos, Phaistos, and Malia


By Joseph W. Shaw

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The goal of this book is to trace the development of elite Minoan architectural forms that arose during the late Protopalatial (Middle Minoan II) and early Neopalatial periods (Middle Minoan III). The study of this architectual development concentrates on the older, larger sites of Knossos, Malia, and Phaistos where those very forms seem to have originated. Other Minoan towns and palaces in Crete are referenced when appropriate.

Contents: Frontmatter; Chapter 1. Introduction to the Elite Style; Chapter 2. Protopalatial Beginnings and Early Traditions; Chapter 3. Destruction at Knossos and the Rise of a New Architectural Order; Chapter 4. A Typology of Elite Architectural Forms: Genesis and Development (MM I–III); Chapter 5. Ancestry, Development, and Spread of the Minoan Elite Architectural Style; References; Index.

Hardback: 224 pp., 178 figures in the text, 5 tables in the text
(Prehistory Monographs 49, INSTAP Academic Press, 2015)

ISBN 978-1-931534-77-2

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