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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Peer Pressure: Social Structures from a “Minoan” Perspective

For an Archaeology of Minoan Society

Identifying the Principles of Social Structure*

Jan Driessen

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Evans, rather than exploring Minoan social structure, seems to have taken it for granted and it is extremely rare to find discussions on the basics of Minoan society – men, women and children – in his writings. Part of his reluctance to give more attention to social structure may result from the frustrating funerary evidence since this material does not allow an easy use for the reconstruction of society till the advanced Late Bronze Age and other direct means of access to social constructions of personal identity do not carry as much weight. This is unfortunate since an appreciation of the basics of Minoan society must form the starting point of any reconstruction of the way political power was exercised both at a local and regional level. The present paper advocates such a bottom-up approach by offering a first attempt at untangling the social role(s) of men, women and children in Minoan society. On the basis of archaeological and iconographical data, the importance of kinship, ge...

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