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The Sea-Kings of Crete

James Baikie

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Second City, is quite worthy of the fame of Homeric Troy. Without much risk of mistake, we may conclude that we have before us in Plate III. the actual wall from whose summit Andromache beheld the corpse of the gallant Hector dragged behind the chariot of his relentless foe. The mere fact of his having to some extent misinterpreted the evidence of his discoveries can scarcely be said, however, to take anything from the credit justly due to Schliemann. Had he been spared for but a year or two longer he could not have failed to complete his work, and to prove, as his fellow-worker did, that on the site which he had from the first contended to be that of Troy, there had stood a large and splendidly built city, which assuredly belongs to the period of the Trojan War.

The work at Troy, however, had not gone on uninterruptedly between 1870 and Schliemann's death in 1890, and the discoveries which occupied some of the intervening years were of even gre. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is not a great book. I think if you were doing graduate level research on Minoan Crete this would be a book that you'd have to explore, for sure. But for the casual lover of history and someone who is just interested in it, this left a lot to be desired. I would not strongly recommend this t...more

The Sea-Kings of Crete by James Baikie is simply an outstanding and masterful work by an adept wordsmith about the ancient Minoan Empire. The descriptions are artfully crafted; the ideas and speculations are, without exaggeration, engrossing; the structure and detail are pristine; and the age o...more

This book was written in 1913, when the excavation of Troy by Schliemann was still a fairly recent event (1870's), and not long at all after exploration work had begun in Knossos on the island of Crete (1900).

So all of the information here was fresh and exciting for our author, who summarizes the...more