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Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth

Victoria E. Bonnel and Lynn Hunt, eds., Beyond the Cultural Turn (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999), 350 pp. This is an uneven, but in places suggestive, collection of papers on the present status of the concept of culture and cultural analysis in the historical sciences. There is an overall anxiety, a bit excessive, about intellectual “fashion,” and being left behind by it — missing a “turn.” Nevertheless, the pieces by Richard Biernacki on “method and metaphor,” by Margaret Jacob (despite a certain sourness 8:1 Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press Joseph Alexander MacGillivray, Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth (London: Jonathan Cape, 2000), 373 pp. Schliemann, as we all know, discovered the ruins of Troy, circa 1871, and hung jewelry, said to have been Helen’s, on his Greek wife Sophie, for a photograph. A little less widely known is Sir Arthur Evans’s work, beginning in 1894, on the palace at Knossos, in Crete. There he found the Labyrinth that was built to contain a bull-headed monster, the Minotaur. Neither Schliemann nor Evans had a scholar’s credentials. What they both had was (1) enough money to finance their explorations and (2) a belief http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

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