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The Find of a Lifetime: Sir Arthur Evans and the Discovery of Knossos Paperback – December, 2001

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Sylvia L. Horowitz was educated at Case-Western Reserve University and has spent most of her life since 1946 abroad. She was the founder of the Overseas School of Rome and has worked on several digs in North Africa and the Middle East. She now lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842122215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842122211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,106,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Killings on November 3, 2010
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The Find of a Lifetime is a biography of the great archeologist Sir Arthur Evans, who in 1900 unearthed the great palace of Knossos and thereby brought to light an ancient and powerful civilization. The Minoans, as they came to be called (a name which they themselves probably did not use), were an important and powerful sea-faring people on the island of Crete who erected huge palaces and created works of art completely unique, but yet whose existence became only dimly remembered even in antiquity. By the time Evans began his work, the Minoans had faded to little more than legends of the Minotaur, the Labyrinth, and the stories of Daedalus and Icarus, and their very existence was doubted by most scholars as little more than a legendary fantasy. Evans discovery of Knossos changed all of that.

While title The Find of a Lifetime implies that Evans work at Knossos is the centerpiece of the work, that part of Evans life is really only handled in an abbreviated, cursory manner. Only the rough, highpoint aspects of it are covered, and far more detailed attention is paid to Evans early life as the son of an equally prominent antiquarian and scholar (Sir John Evans), as well as his years in the Balkans and various crusades for Balkan independence and freedom from the Ottoman Empire. His years as Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford are also covered, including his work to transform that institution into the world class museum it is today. But really, his work at Knossos remains his most important contribution, and I was rather disappointed to find that this book covers it in such a rudimentary way. Perhaps the author felt that much of that story was already well known and hence more attention should be paid to the less known aspects of Evans life.
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By J. Zink on September 4, 2015
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This was a very enjoyable book. Evans had an interesting life.
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