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In search of Knossos : the quest for the Minotaur's labyrinth
Caselli, Giovanni, 1939-
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New York : P. Bedrick Books, 1999.
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44 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Describes the discovery and excavation of Knossos by the archaelogist Sir Arthur Evans and what the site revealed about the Minoan civilization that flourished on the island of Crete from about 3000 to 1150 B.C.
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The legend of the Monitaur - the bull-headed monster slain by the Athenian hero Theseus - has captivated people since ancient times. Archaeologist Arthur Evans was determined to find out if there was any truth behind the myth. Digging on the island of Crete, he unearthed the magnificant palace of the ancient Minoans. In Search of Knossos tells the story of Evans's discoveries. Superb illustrations invite the reader to share his excitement at unearthing an ancient civilization, and through this to learn about the everyday life of the Minoan people.

Author Notes

Giovanni Caselli is well known as both an archaeologist and an illustrator. His drawings trace Evans's excavations at Knossos, and he uses the evidence found there to reconstruct different aspects of life in ancient Crete.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Caselli begins his well-written, eye-catching introduction to the Minoan civilization by recounting the fascinating legend of the Minotaur that lived on Crete at "the dawn of time." Following this is an account of the excavations and discoveries of archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Two-page spreads cover various aspects of Minoan life and history. Colorful, detailed drawings and photographs depict archaeological digs, buildings, interiors, architectural features, decorative arts, and artifacts. A number of maps are included. Peter Hicks's Troy and Knossos (RSVP, 1996) has excellent photographs of restored sections of the palace and more detailed information about the decoding of Linear B, the later form of Cretan writing.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Minotaur of Cretep. 10
Finding Knossosp. 12
Uncovering the Pastp. 14
Palace on the Hillp. 16
The Royal Quartersp. 18
A Working Palacep. 20
The Sea Kingdomp. 22
Trade and Writingp. 24
The Farming Yearp. 26
Society and Costumep. 28
Arts and Craftsp. 30
Religionp. 32
War and Weaponsp. 34
Minoan Legacyp. 36
Chronologyp. 38
Glossaryp. 40
Who's Whop. 42
Indexp. 43