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The Bull of Minos: The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece (Anglais) Broché – 30 août 2009


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'The story of the heroic discoveries grips him and communicates itself to his readers, who must welcome a book both scholarly and easy, painstaking and alive.' --Freya Stark, Time and Tide

'This book is a stimulating introduction to the Mycenaean Age of Greece.' --Sir John Forsdyke, Sunday Times

'Cottrell has not only passionately studied the literature of Aegean archaeology, but he has visited most of the important sites and conveys vividly his sense of excitement and discovery.' --The Guardian

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The cities of Troy and Knossos are the stuff of legend. One, the city of Homer's 'Iliad', of Paris, Hector and Helen; the other home to a king who built a labyrinth in which to hide his monstrous son. This is the story of two of the most heroic, and controversial, figures in archaeology: Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the remains of Troy, and Arthur Evans who unearthed the great city of King Minos. Ranking alongside Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, the discoveries at Troy and Knossos enabled a new understanding of Prehistoric Greece, the very dawn of civilisation. They also proved that what until then had only been myths and daydreams were actually real. The Cretans did indeed worship the cult of the bull. Achilles and Agamemnon really did live. Replete with drama and adventure, 'The Bull of Minos' tells of the 3,000-year old civilisations that were brought back to life, of the extraordinary men who toiled in their dusty ruins and of the magic and mystery of life in a world of gods and warriors. '[Cottrell is] at his best when communicating that fresh and fateful sense of life which must have prevailed in very ancient times when gods walked the earth like men. It is this feeling of epiphany which makes Mr. Cottrell s book a most worthwhile popularisation of its subject.' - E.B. Garside

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 nostaliga for a questionable age 28 avril 2011
Par Gendun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Cotrell's book reads rather like a hagiography of the two great venerable figures of modern Greek archaeology, Arthur Evans and Heinrich Schliemann. While both deserve praise and gratitude, both have likewise earned a degree of criticism for their impatience, grandiosity, runaway imaginations, and lack of intellectual discipline that arguably led to as much harm as good. One reads with a sense of agony of Schliemann burrowing hastily through and destroying entire levels of Troy, now lost to us forever, out of his pressing desire to discover evidence that matched his vision of Homer's Troy. And who can read without sighing with exasperation, his declaration upon discovering a gold mask in a Mycenaean shaft grave, that he has looked upon the face of Agamemnon?

Cottrell can do so, apparently, enamored as he is with the romanticism of the daring archaeology of spade and shovel. Unfortunately, the archaeology of the adventurer leaves fragments behind that the archaeology of scholars must try to piece back together.

Even as a matter of enthusiastic biography Cottrell might have paused to consider how Evans got custody of the site of Knossos in the first place, when Greek archaeologists were also poised to dig at the spot. And Schliemann's discovery of Troy was surely as much dumb luck as deduction - his reasoning was as often wrong as right.

I write this review as an admirer of Schliemann and Evans, but no on is served by hero-worship, and Cottrell, I fear, is as drawn to their excesses as to their gifts. So, in this popular survey of their discoveries, he rhapsodizes in a matter I find old fashioned and unengaging, shot through with nostalgia and gloss.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Engaging and scholarly account of the gentleman amateurs of archaeology 15 août 2015
Par keetmom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Leonard Cottrell has produced a quick and engaging read of the careers of two archaeologists, Heinrich Schliemann and Arthur Evans, who were responsible for some of the greatest finds of the ancient world. His writing is clear and provides an easily accessible introduction to what is a complicated and increasingly contested topic. The reputations of both men have been tarnished as their methods and integrity have come under scrutiny by subsequent generations of professional scientists. In their day however they were the grand gentleman amateurs whose respective discoveries of the fabled city of Troy and the unknown civilisation of Minos on Crete set conventional wisdom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries on its head. Cottrell's account (first published in 1953) is now somewhat old fashioned, full of romantic tales, but it remains a scholarly account and an excellent introduction which will whett the appetites of readers new to the field who want to go on from this and learn more.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book. Many today scoff at the writings of ... 11 novembre 2014
Par cassandradecroix - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Great book. Many today scoff at the writings of the ancients as fairy tales.. This book shows how one man did believe and turned that faith into a huge discovery that benefits all mankind.
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