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Builder of Ruins

Mary Beard: Arthur Evans, 30 November 2000

Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth 
by J.A. MacGillivray.
Cape, 313 pp., £20, August 2000, 0 224 04352 8
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... of ruins’ (as one French newspaper called him) on the site itself. In Minotaur, J.A. MacGillivray quotes the reaction of R.G. Collingwood, who declared that ‘the first impression on the mind of a visitor is that Knossian architecture consists of garages and public lavatories.’ There were plenty of other comments along similar lines. It was ...

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