Readership: Undergraduates studying ancient history, classical civilizations, art history and archaeology; general readers with an interest in the art of ancient
civilizations; tourists travelling in the Aegean.
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
"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
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