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Spyridon Marinatos
Σπυρίδων Μαρινάτος
Photograph of an elderly man holding an ancient Greek pot, wearing a khaki suit and pith helmet.
Marinatos at Akrotiri in 1968
Spyridon Nikolaou Marinatos

17 November [O.S. 4 November] 1901
Lixouri, Kephallonia, Greece
Died1 October 1974(1974-10-01) (aged 72)
Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Resting placeAkrotiri
Known forExcavations of Akrotiri; theory of the volcanic destruction of Minoan Crete
Scientific career
Thesis Ἤ ἀρχαία θαλασσογραφία (Ancient Marine Art)  (1925)
Doctoral advisorGeorgios Oikomenos
Notable studentsStylianos Alexiou
Marinatos's signature in the Latin alphabet.

Spyridon Marinatos (Greek: Σπυρίδων Μαρινάτος; 17 November [O.S. 4 November] 1901[a] – 1 October 1974) was a Greek archaeologist who specialised in the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. He is best known for the excavation of the Minoan site of Akrotiri on Santorini, which he conducted between 1967 and 1974. A recipient of several honours in Greece and abroad, he was considered one of the most important Greek archaeologists of his day.

A native of Kephallonia, Marinatos was educated at the University of Athens, at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Halle. His early teachers included noted archaeologists such as Panagiotis Kavvadias, Christos Tsountas and Georg Karo. He joined the Greek Archaeological Service in 1919, and spent much of his early career on the island of Crete, where he excavated several Minoan sites, served as director of the Heraklion Museum, and formulated his theory that the collapse of Neopalatial Minoan society had been the result of the eruption of the volcanic island of Santorini around 1600 BCE.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Marinatos surveyed and excavated widely in the region of Messenia in southwest Greece, collaborating with Carl Blegen, who was engaged in the simultaneous excavation of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos. He also discovered and excavated the battlefield of Thermopylae and the Mycenaean cemeteries at Tsepi and Vranas [el] near Marathon in Attica.

Marinatos served three times as head of the Greek Archaeological Service, firstly between 1937 and 1939, secondly between 1955 and 1958, and finally under the military junta which ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974. In the late 1930s, he was close to the quasi-fascist dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, under whom he initiated legislation to restrict the roles of women in Greek archaeology, and he was later an enthusiastic supporter of the junta. His leadership of the Archaeological Service has been criticised for its cronyism and for promoting the pursuit of grand discoveries at the expense of good scholarship. Marinatos died while excavating at Akrotiri in 1974, and is buried at the site.


Early career and education[edit]

Spyridon Marinatos was born in Lixouri on the Ionian island of Kephallonia on 17 November [O.S. 4 November] 1901. His father, Nikolaos, was a carpenter.[2] Marinatos studied at the University of Athens from 1916,[3] where he competed unsuccessfully with Christos Karouzos for a scholarship, beginning a lifelong rivalry between the two.[4] Marinatos joined the Greek Archaeological Service in 1919 and was first posted to Crete as an epimeletes (junior archaeological official).[5] His early excavations on Crete included the Minoan villa at Amnisos,[6] and he continued to excavate on the island periodically between 1919 and 1952.[7]

Marinatos was one of the first thirty-six students of the "Practical School of Art History", an archaeological training centre established by the Archaeological Society of Athens at the request of the Greek government, studying there in the 1919–1920 academic year. The school's instructors included noted archaeologists and folklorists such as Panagiotis Kavvadias, Christos Tsountas, Konstantinos Kourouniotis [el], Antonios Keramopoulos and Nikolaos Politis [el],[8] while his fellow students included Karouzos and Semni Papaspyridi, later Karouzos's wife.[9] Between 1921 and 1925, Marinatos completed military service in the Hellenic Army.[10] He received his doctorate in 1925, with a dissertation supervised by the archaeologist Georgios Oikonomos [el] on the depiction of marine animals in Minoan art.[12]

In June 1926, Marinatos met the British archaeologist Arthur Evans at the site of the Minoan palace at Knossos, which Evans had been excavating since 1900: both had travelled to the site to assess the damage of an earthquake. Evans would become an influence on his theories of contact between Minoan Crete and ancient Egypt, and on his study of natural disasters in prehistory.[13] Marinatos and Evans quarrelled in 1928–1929, when he challenged Evans over a trial excavation that the latter had initiated at Knossos without a permit, but Marinatos subsequently became Evans's long-term friend and intellectual supporter.[14] In 1930, inspired by Evans, he gave a lecture in which he argued that the destruction of the site of Knossos had been caused by an earthquake.[15] Other sites Marinatos excavated on Crete included Messara, Sklavokampos, the Geometric temple at Dreros, Tylissos and Eileithyia Cave.[6]

As was common practice for Greek archaeologists at the time,[10] Marinatos studied in Germany; he attended the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Halle.[16] He arrived at Berlin in 1927, where his teachers included the philologist Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff and the archaeologist Gerhart Rodenwaldt [de].[17] He attended Halle on a scholarship, which he won in 1928 while serving as deputy to Stefanos Xanthoudidis [el], the senior ephor (archaeological inspector) of eastern Crete.[19] At Halle, he studied under Georg Karo, who had excavated at the Mycenaean site of Tiryns and was working on the publication of the finds from Heinrich Schliemann's excavations at Mycenae.[20] Xanthoudidis died suddenly in 1929; Marinatos returned early from Halle to succeed him,[21][b] and was appointed as senior ephor of eastern Crete in March 1929.[24] He served as director of the Heraklion Museum from 1929 until 1937.[6] He considered his monthly salary of 3,500 drachmas inadequate, and told a Cretan newspaper that he was considering leaving archaeology over it.[25]

During his time on Crete, Marinatos was credited with thwarting the efforts of local goldsmiths to produce and sell forged antiquities, which were commissioned by antiquities traders.[26] He also successfully prosecuted Nikolaos Pollakis, a Cretan priest, in 1931 for illegal antiquities trading.[27] He excavated at Arkalochori Cave in central Crete in 1934–1935, assisted by the epimeletes Nikolaos Platon,[15] where he uncovered the Arkalochori Axe.[28] Between 1934 and 1935, Marinatos excavated a Mycenaean cemetery on his native island of Kephallonia, where he discovered two chamber tombs.[29] The project was funded by Johanna Goekoop, the widow of the Dutch businessman and amateur archaeologist Adriaan Goekoop, who had paid for excavations by Marinatos's former teacher Kavvadias on the island in 1899.[30]

First directorship, professorship and Messenia[edit]

Photograph of the very partial remains of an ancient Greek tomb: a stone passageway in the open air leading to a circular chamber.
The tholos tomb at Voidokilia in Messenia, dubbed the "Tomb of Thrasymedes" by Marinatos

Marinatos served as Director General of Antiquities and Historic Monuments, the head of the Greek Archaeological Service, from 1937 until 1939,[16] succeeding Georgios Oikonomos, who moved to the more prestigious office of Director General of Antiquities, Letters and Arts.[4] Shortly after his promotion, Marinatos left Crete to become a professor at the University of Athens, where he introduced the first teaching of Near Eastern archaeology.[31] His students at Athens included the archaeologists Spyros Iakovidis [el] and Stylianos Alexiou.[32]

In 1939, Marinatos undertook a lecture tour of the United States. His former teacher Karo, who had fled there from antisemitic persecution in Germany, asked Marinatos to forward on his behalf a series of postcards from Greece to various addresses in Nazi-occupied Europe. Unsure of Karo's intentions, Marinatos gave the letters to his benefactor Elizabeth Humlin Hunt, in whose home he had been staying, to dispose of: she handed them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[33] This began a chain of allegations against Karo which, while ultimately dismissed as unproven, saw him labelled an "enemy alien" and denied US citizenship.[34] When a joint excavation between the University of Cincinnati, represented by Carl Blegen, and the Greek Archaeological Service under Kourouniotis discovered in 1939 the remains of the Mycenaean palace at Pylos, Marinatos played an important role in facilitating the purchase of the site and in popularising its identification as the "Palace of Nestor".[35]

In May 1939, funded and assisted by Elizabeth Humlin Hunt, Marinatos discovered and excavated the battlefield of Thermopylae, the site of the last stand of the Spartans against the Persian Empire in 480 BCE.[36] His excavation was widely reported in the Greek and foreign press, and played an important ideological role for the nationalist government of Ioannis Metaxas.[37][c] In the same year, Marinatos published an article in the journal Antiquity arguing that the Neopalatial civilisation of Crete had been destroyed by the eruption of the volcanic island of Thera,[d] based on his discovery at Amnisos of a large quantity of volcanic pumice that had been worn away by water, which he took as evidence of tsunamis similar to those that followed the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.[39] Marinatos decided to excavate on Thera to test his hypothesis,[40] though the initially muted scholarly reaction to his ideas led him to reconsider his intention to begin this work in 1939, and it was subsequently further delayed by the Second World War.[41][e] Later, in 1950, he suggested that the story of Atlantis may derive from an oral tradition of myths concerning the eruption of Thera.[43]

During the winter of 1940–1941, at which time Greece was under invasion from Italy, Marinatos collaborated with the British archaeologist Alan Wace to study the façade of the Treasury of Atreus, a late Bronze Age tholos tomb at Mycenae.[44] In 1945, he replaced Kourouniotis, who had died the same year, as the Greek representative in the excavations at Pylos.[45] Blegen offered to collaborate with Marinatos on the excavation of the palace, but Marinatos opted instead to excavated sites in the wider area of Messenia, with the aim of finding hitherto-undiscovered Mycenaean cemeteries and settlements.[46] His method of consulting local farmers and hunters about the location of surface finds allowed him to discover sites previously unknown to archaeology.[7]

Marinatos returned to Messenia in 1952, representing the Archaeological Society of Athens,[7] when he uncovered a wealthy cemetery at Volimidia, around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the north-east of the Palace of Nestor: he described this discovery as "very encouraging" and considered the tombs to belong to Homeric Pylos, ruled by the mythical Nestor.[47] He excavated a total of thirty-one tombs at Volimidia in 1952–1954, 1960 and 1964–1965.[48] Between 1956 and 1957, Marinatos excavated the second, unplundered,[16] tholos tomb at Routsi. Between 1960 and 1965, Marinatos excavated the tholos tombs at Peristeria.[49] Other sites he excavated in Messenia included Mouriatada, Katarrhaki and Palaiohoria – all in the area of Koukounara – Voroulia[49] and the tholos at Voidokilia known as the "Tomb of Thrasymedes".[50] In total, he produced thirty-five publications on the subject of Mycenaean Messenia.[49] Working in Messenia until 1966, he discovered over twenty archaeological sites,[7] including a monumental building with frescoes at Iklaina, a burial tumulus at Papoulia,[51] and the tholos tomb at Charakopeio.[7] He built a house in Volimidia in the 1960s, which he owned until his death.[52]

Marinatos travelled to Germany in 1947 in an effort to recover Greek antiquities looted during the Second World War.[53] In 1949–1951, he returned to Crete, excavating at Vathypetro.[54] He briefly returned as director of the Archaeological Service in 1955, but was forced to resign in 1958 by the Prime Minister, Konstantinos Karamanlis.[55][f] He served as rector of the University of Athens in 1958–1959,[57] remaining as a professor there until 1968.[6]

Regime of the Colonels, Akrotiri and death[edit]

Ancient wall painting showing buildings and people
Fresco showing a Minoan town, from the "West House" at Akrotiri, excavated by Marinatos in 1971–1972

Recalled to head the Archaeological Service by the recently installed military junta in 1967,[58] Marinatos established an archaeological journal, the Athens Annals of Archaeology,[59] and was credited with facilitating the resumption of the American excavations in the Athenian agora in 1969.[23] He discovered the Mycenaean cemetery of Tsepi, near Marathon, excavating it personally between November 1969 and October 1970, and frequently returning to visit and direct the excavations over the succeeding years.[60] At Vranas [el], near Tsepi, he excavated four prehistoric tumuli in 1970 on behalf of the Archaeological Society of Athens,[61] and partially excavated a nearby classical tumulus known as the "Tumulus of the Plataeans".[62] Marinatos believed that this was the burial mound of the soldiers of Plataea who died during the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE, but his identification has generally been rejected.[63]

Marinatos's most notable excavation was the site of Akrotiri, a Minoan settlement on the island of Thera whose existence had first been established in 1867.[59] His decision to investigate the site followed Platon's excavations of Zakros on Crete, which began in 1961 and uncovered pumice: Platon announced in the Greek press that this discovery was proof of Marinatos's theory of the volcanic destruction of Minoan civilisation.[64] Marinatos visited Thera in 1962 and 1963, and began excavations in 1967.[65] He circumvented the difficulty of excavating the remains, which were buried beneath approximately 150 feet (46 metres) of pumice, by tunnelling into the site from a gully that cut through it. The excavations were funded partly by the Archaeological Society of Athens,[66] from whom Marinatos secured $2000 (equivalent to $16,253 in 2021), and partly by the naval engineer James W. Mavor, who collaborated on the excavation for its first year and supplied the same amount, which he had received as an advance for his collaboration on a book about Atlantis.[67]

Within five days of the excavation's start on 24 May, Marinatos uncovered remains of a structure in the Minoan architectural style, as well as pottery of Cretan origin. He was called back to Athens on official business and to commence the purchase of the land, and only able to return on 21 June, a week before the first season was due to conclude. The excavation was supported by forty local pumice miners, and uncovered the first traces of frescoes, over a total of six days of work across the season.[67] Between 1971 and 1972, he excavated a structure he called the "West House"; the frescoes found there were called "one of the most important monuments of Aegean art yet found" by the archaeologist Peter Warren in 1979.[68] By 1974, the excavated area totalled approximately one hectare (10,000 square metres).[42]

Marinatos's grave at Akrotiri

Marinatos was removed from the leadership of the Archaeological Service on 31 January 1974.[69] No official reason was given for the dismissal, though the general Dimitrios Ioannidis, who had taken power in a coup of November 1973, considered him a potentially subversive "liberal".[70] On 1 October 1974, Marinatos died while excavating at Akrotiri.[71] Contemporary accounts related that he had died from a fall, while giving instructions to a worker;[23] a later narrative emerged that he had been struck by a collapsing wall.[72] At the time of his death, most of his excavations were not fully published.[7] He was initially buried on the excavation site, near the place of his death;[6] his grave was subsequently moved outside the ruins.[65] Marinatos's deputy Christos Doumas, who had worked with him at Akrotiri since 1968, took over the site and published the first full report of its excavation in 1983.[73]


Marinatos held strong right-wing and Greek nationalist views.[74] In a letter of 1928, he described his fellow Greek archaeologists as "Bolsheviks or social reformers of no international recognition";[75] in 1949, he visited the concentration camp of Makronisos, used to imprison communists during the Greek Civil War, and wrote that there was "no finer school" in Greece.[76] In the late 1920s, he was a supporter of Eleftherios Venizelos, a broadly liberal politician who had brought Greece into the First World War on the side of the Entente.[77] The archaeological historian Andreas Vlachopoulos has judged that Marinatos's politics rarely influenced his work, but that he made "nationalist exaggerations in favour of the Greek race" during his excavations around Marathon.[78] During the quasi-fascist dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, which began in August 1936, Marinatos and the Athenian intellectual establishment enjoyed official support: Metaxas had previously visited Marinatos at archaeological excavations,[79] and attended a lecture by him on 13 March 1940.[4] Marinatos was invited by the Nazi government of Germany to speak at the Sixth International Conference of Classical Archaeology, held in Berlin between 21 and 26 August 1939, as a representative of the Metaxas administration. The conference has been described by the archaeological historian Georgia Flouda as "a propaganda venue" for German archaeology.[80] In the late 1960s, Marinatos served on a fundraising committee to raise a monument to Metaxas in Argostoli on Kephallonia.[81]

In 1939, Marinatos initiated legislation which banned women from joining the Archaeological Service or serving as the directors of museums and regional ephorates, as part of a broader scheme of misogynistic legislation promoted by the Metaxas government.[82] In a public address of 28 October 1941, commemorating Metaxas's defiance of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini the previous year, Marinatos praised both Metaxas, who had died that January, and the exiled George II, who had made Metaxas prime minister after his own restoration in a military coup led by Georgios Kondylis.[83] Despite the ongoing Axis occupation of Greece, his comments were broadcast on national radio and garnered a strong reaction from the Greek public:[84] the historian and communist Yanis Kordatos denounced Marinatos in Rizospastis, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Greece, and Karouzos and Yannis Miliadis wrote to the collaborationist Prime Minister, Konstantinos Logothetopoulos, criticising Marinatos's conduct.[85]

When the military junta known as the "Regime of the Colonels" seized power in 1967, they dismissed the director of the Archaeological Service, Ioannis Kontis, considering him politically unreliable. Marinatos, described in a modern study as "utterly devoted" to the regime, was immediately reappointed to replace him,[58] under the title of "Inspector General of the Services of Archaeology and Restoration".[23] According to Doumas, Marinatos's support was an important factor in the legitimisation of the junta's rule.[42] Marinatos promoted his own supporters and oversaw the sacking of many Greek archaeologists, making particular efforts to remove his political opponents,[86] women – particularly Semni Karouzou, who was forced into exile in Italy and Germany – and adherents of progressive, non-traditional methodology.[58][g] According to his daughter Nanno, he became disillusioned with politics in the last year of his life, particularly following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974, and wrote in a letter that he was "a citizen of Minos and live[d] in 1500 BCE".[65]

Assessment and legacy[edit]

Photograph of the side of a cliff, showing layers of volcanic rock
Layers of pumice at Akrotiri, remnants of the volcanic eruption Marinatos believed responsible for the end of Neopalatial Minoan civilisation

Until 1974, Marinatos and his followers were considered a dominant force in the Greek archaeological establishment.[4] An Athens newspaper reported his death with the headline "the oak tree of archaeology has fallen".[88] In 2021, the archaeologist Jack Davis called Marinatos one of the great figures of Greek archaeology.[89] He was listed in 2015 as "belong[ing] to a special archaeological generation that renewed Greek archaeology" by the archaeological historian Vasileios Petrakos [el].[90]

The excavation of Akrotiri was recognised within Marinatos's lifetime as his most significant contribution to scholarship.[91] Shortly before Marinatos's death, the British archaeologist Reynold Higgins noted that the excavations at Akrotiri had been called "the most important classical excavation since Pompeii";[92] they were covered by media from Europe, the United States, Australia, Iran, Japan, and China, and prompted a special edition of National Geographic magazine in 1978.[65] The site is known as one of the best-preserved settlements from the ancient world,[66] and is particularly important in the study of Minoan art, especially wall-painting.[93]

Several of Marinatos's archaeological hypotheses were controversial in his time and have since been rejected. The editors of Antiquity appended a postscript to his 1939 publication about the Thera eruption, stating that they believed the evidence currently insufficient to support Marinatos's hypothesis that the eruption had destroyed Minoan civilisation.[94] Contemporary excavators on Crete found little supporting evidence for it, and it attracted few adherents until Platon's work at Zakros in the early 1960s.[67] In the later part of the twentieth century, more detailed analysis of the pottery from both Crete and Akrotiri indicated that the eruption occurred several generations before the end of Neopalatial civilisation, and the latter is now generally attributed to human causes.[95] The story of Atlantis is generally considered to be an "invented myth" by the Athenian philosopher Plato, rather than a genuine oral tradition,[96] and most modern scholars consider the attempt to link archaeological finds to the characters and places of the Homeric poems, as Marinatos did for Pylos, Volimidia and Voidokilia, to be fundamentally misguided.[97]

Marinatos's leadership has been characterised as promoting himself and the pursuit of impressive finds at the expense of scholarship. During his third period as the head of the Archaeological Service, he was criticised for his abolition of the rigorous examination process by which new ephors were selected, and his approach to recruiting and promoting colleagues has been described as driven by cronyism and political manoeuvring.[98] His colleague at the University of Athens, Nikolaos Kontoleon, wrote that Marinatos's administration "constituted an unprecedented attempt to curtail the scholarly activity of Greek archaeologists ... [and] exercised oppression [which] dismembered a whole service".[99] According to the archaeological historians Dimitra Kokkinidou and Mariana Nikolaidou, his management had "a disastrous impact on future developments", as his methods and priorities were adapted by his successors after the return to democracy in 1974.[100]

Personal life, honours and character[edit]

Marinatos generally affected to excavate in a pith helmet.[88] His house, which he used as a classroom during the German occupation of Athens of 1941–1944, was designed in the style of Minoan architecture.[32] He had interests in medicine, astronomy, botany and biology, which informed his archaeological work.[7] The archaeologist Emily Vermeule, who excavated with Marinatos at Akrotiri, called him a "crack revolver shot, diplomat, astronomer, linguist, and portly wit".[67] His former student Stylianos Alexiou later recalled listening to Marinatos play classical music on the violin.[101] He may also have written a novel.[102]

Marinatos was known to be strong-willed and sometimes stern.[103] His former student, the archaeologist Yannos Lolos, described him as "an archaeologist in the grand tradition",[7] "an austere and imposing figure" and as a gifted speaker, "restless and indefatigable as an excavator".[7] Marinatos's colleague Yannis Miliadis, however, wrote in 1937 that he had "good intentions, up to the point that they [were] confronted with his personal interests".[104] During his quarrel with Evans in the late 1920s, archaeologists of the British School at Athens, particularly John Pendlebury, accused Marinatos of being "German-minded" and of anti-British prejudice, a claim that Nanno Marinatos has condemned as unfounded.[77]

Between 1925 and June 1974, Marinatos maintained a scrapbook of his appearances in the academic and popular press, which eventually grew to around four hundred pages.[105] He cultivated relationships with newspaper editors, such as Miltiadis Paraskevaïdis and Athina Kalogeropoulou (also an archaeologist): he frequently invited Paraskevaïdis to his home at 47 Polyla Street in Athens to give him interviews and photographs for publication.[106] He maintained a particular association with the newspapers Elefthero Vima and Kathimerini, publishing articles in the former between 1928 and 1961 and in the latter from the 1950s until its closure in 1967.[107]

Marinatos was made a member of the Academy of Athens, Greece's national academy, in 1955, and was its president at the time of his death.[23] He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1966.[108] He was also a doctor honoris causa of the University of Palermo,[6] as well as an honorary member of the Archaeological Institute of America,[23] of the German Archaeological Institute and of the Austrian Archaeological Institute [de].[6] He held a visiting membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey,[23] as well as memberships of the British Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the Spanish Pastor Foundation for Classical Studies [es]. He was a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, the Académie Française and the British Academy.[6] He was made a commander of the Order of the Phoenix, a knight of the Order of George I,[6] and in 1938 an officer of the French Legion of Honour.[109] He was also awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italy's most senior honour.[6]

Marinatos maintained a long-running collaboration with the conservator Zacharias Kanakis, who worked with him on excavations between 1934 and 1970.[110] Marinatos was married twice, to Maria Evangelidou in 1927 and, at the time of his death, to Emily Loverdos.[111] His daughter by Loverdos, Nanno Marinatos, is also a scholar of Minoan culture.[112] After the elder Marinatos's death, a bronze bust of him was erected in the garden of the Archaeological Museum of Chora, which holds many finds from his excavations in Messenia; one of the town's major streets is also named after him.[113]

Selected works[edit]

  • Marinatos, Spyridon (1925). Ἤ ἀρχαία θαλασσογραφία [The Ancient Seascapes] (Ph.D) (in Greek). University of Athens.[11]
  • — (1930). Αἰ θαλασσογραφικαὶ παραστάσεις τῆς Κρητομυκηναϊκῆς ἐποχῆς [The Seascapes of the Creto-Mycenaean Period] (PDF). Αρχαιολογική Εφημερίς [Archaeological Journal] (in Greek): 108–126. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  • — (1939). "The Volcanic Destruction of Minoan Crete". Antiquity. 13 (52): 425–439. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00028088. S2CID 161365405.
  • — (1940). "Forschungen in Thermopylae" [Excavations at Thermopylae]. Archäeologisches Institut des deutschen Reiches: Bericht über den VI. internationalen Kongress für Archäologie, Berlin, 21.–26. August 1939 [Archaeological Institute of the German Reich: Report on the Sixth International Congress for Archaeology, Berlin, 21–26 August 1939] (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co. pp. 333–341. doi:10.1515/9783111670423. ISBN 978-3-11-167042-3. OCLC 2980339.
  • — (1950). Περί τον θρύλον της Ατλαντίδος [On the Myth of Atlantis]. Κρητικά Χρονικά [Cretan Chronicles] (in Greek). 4: 195–213.
  • — (1959). Kreta, Thera und das mykenische Hellas [Crete, Thera and Mycenaean Greece] (in German). Munich: Hirmer. OCLC 850788544.
  • — (1968). Excavations at Thera: First Preliminary Report: 1967 Season. Athens. OCLC 889118999.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • — (1970). Ανασκαφαί Μαραθώνος: Πλάσι, Τσέπι, Βρανά [Excavations at Marathon: Plasi, Tsepi, Brana] (PDF). Πρακτικά της εν Αθήναις Αρχαιολογικής Εταιρείας [Proceedings of the Archaeological Society of Athens] (in Greek). 125: 5–18. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  • — (1972). Life and Art in Prehistoric Thera. Proceedings of the British Academy. Vol. 57. London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-725673-2.
  • — (1999). Excavations at Thera I–III: 1967–1969 Seasons (PDF) (2nd ed.). Athens: Archaeological Society of Athens. ISBN 960-7036-80-8. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  • — (1999). Excavations at Thera IV–V: 1970–1971 Seasons (PDF) (2nd ed.). Athens: Archaeological Society of Athens. ISBN 960-7036-81-6. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  • — (1999). Excavations at Thera VI–VII: 1972–1973 Seasons (PDF) (2nd ed.). Athens: Archaeological Society of Athens. ISBN 960-7036-82-4. Retrieved 20 October 2023.


Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Greece adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1923; 28 February [O.S. 15 February] was followed by 1 March.[1] In this article, this date and all subsequent dates are given in the 'New Style' Gregorian calendar, while dates before it are given in the 'Old Style' Julian calendar.
  2. ^ In the interim, the post was briefly occupied by P. Stavropoulos.[22]
  3. ^ See Politics below. The historian Susan Heuck Allen describes the excavation as "propaganda fodder" for Metaxas.[38]
  4. ^ Generally known as Santorini in modern times.
  5. ^ Christos Doumas lays part of the blame for this reaction on the outbreak of the Second World War: most of the copies of the 1939 edition of Antiquity were destroyed in the bombing of London before entering circulation.[42]
  6. ^ Petrakos judges that his term was "a time of poverty ... and nothing important happened".[56]
  7. ^ Marinatos used the label "New Archaeology" for such methods, but with little relation to its usual reference to what is now called processual archaeology.[87]


  1. ^ Kiminas 2009, p. 23.
  2. ^ Palyvou 2014; Alexiou 1975, p. 174 (for Lixouri).
  3. ^ Petrakos 2015, p. 18; Palyvou 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Kokkinidou & Nikolaidou 2006, p. 167.
  5. ^ Thompson 1975, p. 59; Iakovidis 1975, p. 635.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Iakovidis 1975, p. 635.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lolos 2023, p. 48.
  8. ^ Petrakos 1995, pp. 120–121. Petrakos gives the school's name in Greek, as Πρακτικῆς Σχολῆς τῆς ἱστορίας τῆς τέχνης.
  9. ^ Petrakos 1995, p. 122.
  10. ^ a b Petrakos 2015, p. 20.
  11. ^ a b Marinatos 1930, p. 108.
  12. ^ Iakovidis 1975, p. 635; Marinatos 1930, p. 108 (for Oikomenos). Iakovidis gives the date as 1921, but Marinatos gave it as 1925 in a 1930 republication of his dissertation's first chapter.[11] The dissertation is Marinatos 1925.
  13. ^ Marinatos 2015a, pp. 13, 21; Gere 2009, p. 76 (for Evans's dates).
  14. ^ Marinatos 2020, pp. 4–5, 127–131.
  15. ^ a b Marinatos 2015a, p. 21.
  16. ^ a b c Palyvou 2014.
  17. ^ Marinatos 2015b, pp. 51–52; Petrakos 2015, p. 20.
  18. ^ Marinatos 2015c, p. 190; Petrakos 2015, p. 20.
  19. ^ [18]
  20. ^ Marinatos 2020, p. 76.
  21. ^ Marinatos 2015c, p. 191.
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