The Art of Ancient Crete: From the Earliest Times to the Iron Age

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Preface

As the second German edition of this book has been out of print for the last six years it was necessary to issue a new one. It was only natural that the third edition could not merely be a reprint of the second one in view of the enormous increase of material. The present moment for a new edition seemed specially favourable as Evans fundamental "The Palace of Minos" is now published, and books such as Karo's "Schachtgräber" afford a solid foundation upon which further research can be based. Thorough studies of prehistoric Greece and the Mycenaean Koine, of Rhodes and Cyprus complete the picture of ancient cultures in a manner such as could not be expected fourteen years ago. The present excavations in Anatolia and Syria as well as in Palestine enable us to recognize distinctly the sphere of the Aegean influence. Egypt also has lately added material which increases our knowledge of the Mediterranean peoples.

Thus this edition has been augmented by 200 pictures, from 256 plates to 304. It is true a few pictures of the second edition had to be omitted in order to save space. But these were mostly such as are presumed to be of fakes, or such as are contained in other illustrations.

The additional illustrations are specially devoted to Greek prehistoric culture, to that of the Cyclades and the Mycenaean Koine. The rest of the book has also been brought up to date by the addition of further illustrations of valuable discoveries. I need not emphasize the fact that a book such as this cannot fulfil all requirements. Although an attempt has been made to consider different interests, some readers will no doubt regret omissions which are, however, unavoidable in a work of this scope. This volume is not intended for the specialist acquainted with the whole of the material, but for the educated layman who merely wishes to obtain a general survey of a subject which would be otherwise difficult for him to approach without this book. Whether the readers are teachers, students, readers of Homer, architects, craftsmen or admirers of art, they all expect veracious reproductions in such a book of well preserved and beautiful objects of art, and would not be satisfied with too fragmentary pictures and reconstructions the value and reliability of which they cannot judge. Many remains which are of scientific

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  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Index of Illustrations 7
  • Notes on Aegean Chronology and Terminology. 9
  • Notes on the Illustrations. 13
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