Cretan Sanctuaries and Cults: Continuity and Change from the Late Minoan Iiic to the Archaic Period

Cretan Sanctuaries and Cults: Continuity and Change from the Late Minoan Iiic to the Archaic Period

Cretan Sanctuaries and Cults: Continuity and Change from the Late Minoan Iiic to the Archaic Period

Cretan Sanctuaries and Cults: Continuity and Change from the Late Minoan Iiic to the Archaic Period

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This book is a slightly reworked version of my doctoral thesis, which was submitted to the University of Amsterdam in December 2003. I would like to express my warmest thanks to my promotores Professor Dr. J.H. Crouwel and Professor Dr. H.S. Versnel. Both, in their own characteristic ways, have provided indispensable support. Joost Crouwel, who has supervised my work from the days I was a student, encouraged me to leave the Bronze Age behind and begin exploring the Early Iron Age of Crete. Through the years, he has, with his remarkable energy and enthusiasm, continued to show his interest, always there to help by word and deed. Henk Versnel has been very encouraging and, no matter how long the intervals between submissions, has read every piece with unfailing sharpness and concentration. My work has benefited from their comments and from discussions with both. Meticulous reading of the thesis by Professor J.N. Coldstream, Dr. J.P. Crielaard, Dr. F. Verstraten and Dr. J.Weingarten has saved me from putting into print a number of mistakes and has provided many valuable suggestions. Any remaining errors and omissions are, of course, my own.

This work has not come to fruition at the desk only. I was able to spend extended periods of time in Greece and particularly in Crete, which continues to be a special place with special people. I am happy to take this opportunity to thank many Cretan colleagues and friends, who provided me the opportunity to excavate and survey and thus expand my knowledge about the island: the directors of the excavation at Palaikastro, E.H. Sackett and J.A. MacGillivray, who stimulated my interest and granted the permission to study the old finds from the sanctuary of Dictaean Zeus; Colin Macdonald (Knossos), Sylvie Miiller (Mallia), James Whitley (Praisos), Eleni Hatzaki (Knossos), Nikos Daskalakis and Andreas Klinis. I would also like to thank all those who, during announced and unannounced visits to their sites, took the time to show me around and share information: Stella Chrysoulaki and her team, Jan Driessen, Donald Haggis, Angeliki Lebessi, Krystof Nowicki, Nicholas Coldstream, Leslie Preston Day, Georgos Rethemiotakis, Joe and Maria Shaw and Didier Viviers and his colleagues at Itanos.

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