Volume 5 (2022)

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Papers presented at the third international conference of the Hellenic Institute of Egyptology

The Centrality of Women in Bronze Age Crete: A Perspective from Archaeomythology

Cichon, Joan M.


Since the time of Sir Arthur Evans, scholars have recognized the important role played by women in Bronze Age Cretan society. Most scholars, however, minimize this role, as did Evans, and still conclude that the throne at Knossos was meant for a priest-king. Using the methodology of Archaeomythology, a discipline founded by Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, this paper will look at the role of women in all aspects of Bronze Age Cretan society, and demonstrate that —based on archaeological artefacts— history, and mythology, a plausible and highly probable case can be made for a woman-centered Bronze Age Crete.


Cichon, J.M. 2022. «The Centrality of Women in Bronze Age Crete: A Perspective from Archaeomythology», JHIE 5: 15–24



Language: en

Submitted on 2021-10-11; accepted on 2022-10-15


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