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Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess


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Delivers a comprehensive reading of Minoan art as a system of thought.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction; 2. The King and Queen in Art; 3. The King and Queen as High Priests; 4. Thrones of Gods--Thrones of Kings; 5. The House of God; 6. Who Sees the Gods Face to Face?; 7. Minoan Prophecy and Royal Power; 8. The Cosmic Mountain as a Frontier; 9. The Double Axe, the Ankh, and the Ox Head; 10. The Rosette, Half-Rosette, and "Incurved Altar"; 11. Minoan Afterlife Beliefs; 12. The Solar Goddess of Kingship; 13. The Storm God; 14. Translating the Gods of the Religious Koine; 15. Conclusions: A Tribute to Sir Arthur Evans Notes; Bibliography; Figures and Credits; Index

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Nanno Marinatos is a professor and the department head of classics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of Minoan Religion: Ritual, Image, and Symbol and other books.


"A well-written and richly informed work, which forcefully reasserts the validity of the ways eminent scholars, going back to the early work of Sir Arthur Evans more than a century ago, thought. In many ways it is a tour de force of scholarship, embodying new insights and illuminating points of detail." Colin Renfrew Times Literary Supplement "An exhilarating book, breezily written with a hands-on approach to the material." Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections "A multifaceted, innovative work that freshly interprets many aspects of the Minoan religious symbol system. Without a doubt, this book will stimulate extensive scholarly discussion." Thomas Staubli, co-author of Body Symbolism in the Bible "A radical and provocative view of Minoan art, religion, and society. Marinatos provides new readings of numerous Minoan artifacts, offering solutions to many puzzles and placing the imagery within a semantic system of sacral kingship and cosmology." Kenneth D. S. Lapatin, author of Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History

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