Artl. no: A46
Published in: Stockholm 1997
Pages: 245
Language: English
ISBN10: 9179160344
ISBN13: 978-91-7916-034-0
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The Function of the "Minoan Villa".

Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium at the Swedish Institute at Athens, 6-8 June, 1992.

Edited by Robin Hägg

These twenty papers, presented at an international conference in Athens, deal with various aspects of the so-called villas in Neopalatial Crete and their possible predecessors or equivalents in the preceding, Protopalatial period. They are followed by transcripts of the discussions of the symposium, Among the problems treated are: the origin of the "villa system", the definition of the "villa", the architectural analysis of buildings and building complexes, the magico-religious background of the "villa", the role of religious painting, the origin of the Cretan andreion, and a study of ceramic exchange between towns and outlying settlements in Neopalatial eastern Crete. Special discussions concern the functional analysis of the architecture, administration and bureaucracy, with special reference to seals, sealings and Linear A tablets and political geography.


Henri and Micheline van Effenterre, Towards a study of Neoplatial "villas": modern words for Minoan things.
Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, The origins of the Minoan "villa" system.
JA. MacGillivray, The Cretan countryside in the old Palace period.
Stella Chryssoulaki, Nerokourou Building I and its place in Neopalatial Crete.
Vasso Fotou, Eléments d'analyse architecturale et la question des fonctions de trois bâtiments – "villas": la Royal Villa, le "Megaron" de Nirou et le "Megaron" de Sklavokambos.
Louise A. Hitchcock and Donald Preziosi, The Knossos Unexplored Mansion and the "villa-annex complex".
Jan Driessen and Jannis Sakellarakis, The Vathypetro-complex: some observations on its architectural history and function.
Vincenzo La Rosa, La "Villa Royale" de Haghia Triada.
Philip P. Betancourt and Nanno Marinatos, The Minoan villa.
  Part I. The definition of the Minoan villa.
  Part II. Some special cases of urban and manorial villas.
Gerald Cadogan, The role of the Pyrgos country house in Minoan society.
Sinclair Hood, The magico-religious background of the Minoan villa.
Costis Davaras, The "cult villa" at Makrygialos.
Robert B. Koehl, The villas at Ayia Triada and Nirou Chani and the origin of the Cretan andreion.
Panel discussion.
Piers T Crocker, Room function in the Amarna villa (circulated paper).
Session on the functional analysis of architecture.
  Introduction by Clairy Palyvou.
  Discussion, chaired by M. H. Wiener.
Paul Rehak, The role of religious painting in the function of the Minoan villa: the case of Ayia Triadha.
Mette Korsgaard Pedersen, Minoan halls in Neopalatial buildings (poster).
AnnCharlotte Nordfeldt, On possible Minoan halls in art.
Panel discussion.
Discussion of the poster, "Amnisos" by J. Schäfer et alii.
Lefteris Platon, The Minoan "villa" in eastern Crete. Riza, Akhladia, and Prophetes Elias, Praissos: two different specimens of one category?
Metaxia Tsipopoulou and Anastasia Papacostopoulou, "Villas" and villages in the hinterland of Petras, Siteia.
Session on administration and bureaucracy.
  Seals, sealings and administration.
  Linear A tablets and political geography.
  Mycenaean administration – a comparative perspective.
Peter M Day, Ceramic exchange between towns and outlying settlements in Neopalatial East Crete.
Final general discussion, chaired by G. Cadogan.
Programme and participants of the symposium.
Index of maps and plans in the text.

Keywords: administration, architecture, Bronze Age, country houses, Crete, economy, Minoan culture, paintings, palaces, religious symbols, seals, sealings, villas.

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