Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

By: Cathy Gere (author)Hardback

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In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evans' excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete labyrinth - pacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmic - seemed to offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and Hilda Doolittle. Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and the birth of modernism.

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About Author

Cathy Gere is associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of The Tomb of Agamemnon.

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/06/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780226289533
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780226289533
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 0226289532

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