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Aegean Art and Architecture

Donald Preziosi and Louise Hitchcock

21 October 1999

ISBN: 9780192842084

272 pages

Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99



The first comprehensive contextual introduction to the visual arts and architecture of Crete, Greece, and the Aegean islands during the Bronze Age (c.3000-1000 BCE). This book introduces the reader to the historical and social contexts within which the arts - pottery, gold, silver, and ivory objects, gravestone reliefs, frescoes, and architecture - of the Aegean area developed. It examines the functions they served, and the ways in which they can be read as evidence for the interactions of many different peoples and societies in the eastern Mediterranean.

  • First comprehensive introduction to the visual arts and architecture of the ancient Aegean
  • Only book on the prehistoric Aegean designed to be accessible to a general audience and the specialist
  • Examines both Crete and the Mainland in a single book
  • Provides a historiographical survey of the discipline

About the Author(s)

Donald Preziosi, Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, and Louise Hitchcock, Research Associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: Aegean Art and Architecture
    The environment; Discovering the Aegean World; Art and art history; Objectives; Organization.
    2:The Neolithic Period and the Prepalatial Early Bronze Age
    Settlements; Burial practices.
    3:The First Palace Period
    Middle Bronze Age palaces and villas; The vernacular tradition in Greece and Crete; Ritual practices; Summary.
    4:The Second Palace Period
    Public art, private art, and the palatial architectural style; The Second Palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Gournia, and Kato Zakro; Minoan villas: function and design; The terminology and typology of Minoan palatial buildings; The Minoan and Mycenaean spheres of influence; Religious practices; Burial practices.
    5:Mycenaean Domination and the Minoan Tradition
    The Mycenaean palace at Pylos; The Mycenaean palace at Knossos; Haghia Triadha and Kommos; The continuation of Minoan building techniques in the Third Palace Period; Burial practices; The Mycenaean shrine at Phylakopi; The circuit walls at Mycenae and Tiryns.
    6:Conclusion: Disruptions, (Dis)Continuities, and the Bronze Age
    The eastward migration of Aegean traditions; The international style; Cyprus, Palestine, and the Peoples of the Sea; Tradition and transformation; What goes around comes around: Daedalus returns to Crete.
    Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index


a compact and attractive introduction to the subject - John Bennet, THES, 9/6/00

This powerful account of 2,000 years of Aegean culture is a must for pilgrims and sun-worshippers - The Observer, 24.10.99