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In this paper Margaret Waits offers an explanation for the pervasive and enigmatic symbol of the double-axe in Mycenaean culture with special reference to the religions of Greece and Asia Minor
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-453-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 224
Publication Date: Aug 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 32
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-453-0
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The double-axe motif is central to Mycenaean iconography, nearly omnipresent and enigmatic in meaning, even modern art-historians and archaeologists. In this paper Margaret Waits offers an explanation for the symbol of the double-axe with special reference to the religions of Greece and Asia Minor. After examining the origin, meaning, and application of the symbol, she proceeds to point out its possible utility in the interpretation of the complicated mysteries of the Cabiri. The paper is interesting as much for its illustration of just how little information is available to explain even basic facets of Mycenaean culture as it is for its interesting and still popular conclusion. Students of Mycenaean archeology and culture will find this an illuminating companion to a study of this early stage in the development of Greek culture.

The double-axe motif is central to Mycenaean iconography, nearly omnipresent and enigmatic in meaning, even modern art-historians and archaeologists. In this paper Margaret Waits offers an explanation for the symbol of the double-axe with special reference to the religions of Greece and Asia Minor. After examining the origin, meaning, and application of the symbol, she proceeds to point out its possible utility in the interpretation of the complicated mysteries of the Cabiri. The paper is interesting as much for its illustration of just how little information is available to explain even basic facets of Mycenaean culture as it is for its interesting and still popular conclusion. Students of Mycenaean archeology and culture will find this an illuminating companion to a study of this early stage in the development of Greek culture.

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