The magnificent works of ancient Crete, Mycenae, and the Cycladic Islands are awe-inspiring in their richness and variety. Frescoes, jewelry, sculpture, gold funeral masks, ivories, and countless other beautiful artifacts—all the significant works of art and architecture that are our legacy from those great civilizations in the third and second millennia BC are described and illustrated in Dr. Higgins’s distinguished survey. This fully revised and updated edition includes greater coverage of the breathtaking frescoes from Akrotiri on the island of Thera. Other recent findings are also illustrated and described in detail, such as the unique ivory figure from Palaikastro, objects from the palace of Mallia, and the intriguing discovery of Minoan frescoes in Egypt.
Reynold Higgins was born in 1916. He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and in 1947 was appointed Assistant Keeper in teh Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. He became Acting Keeper of the Department in 1975 and retired in 1977. Dr. Higgins made a special study of Minoan and Mycenaean art adn worked at Mycenae, Knossos, Sparta and elsewhere in Greece. Among his many books are Greek and Roman Jewellery (1961), Greek Terracottas (1967), The Archaeology of Minoan Crete (1973), and The Aegina Treasure (1979). He died in 1993.