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by Theodora Vasils,Themi Vasils,Nikos Kazantzakis

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Theodora Vasils,Themi Vasils,Nikos Kazantzakis
ISBN: 0821408801
ISBN13: 978-0821408803
Language: English
Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (April 30, 1988)
Pages: 219
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Themi Vasils, along with Theodora Vasils, has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis, among them Alexander the Great as well as books by other contemporary Greek writers.

Themi Vasils, along with Theodora Vasils, has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis, among them Alexander the Great as well as books by other contemporary Greek writers. I purchased this book as a present because I read it long ago and I loved it the story of the Palace of Knossos, with all the beautiful greek mithology!!! recommended to friends and familiy.

At the Palaces of Knossos. Nikos Kazantzakis Pages at the Historical Museum of Crete. Adapted from the draft typewritten manuscript. Symposium, translated by Theodora Vasils e Themi Vasils, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1974; New York: Minerva Press, 1974. Friedrich Nietzsche on the Philosophy of Right and the State, translated by O. Makridis, New York: State University of NY Press, 2007. Peter Bien (ed. and t., The Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis (Princeton, PUP, 2011) (Princeton Modern Greek Studies).

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Themi Vasils, along with Theodora Vasils, has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis, among them Alexander the Great as well as books by other contemporary Greek writers

Themi Vasils, along with Theodora Vasils, has translated several works by Nikos Kazantzakis, among them Alexander the Great as well as books by other contemporary Greek writers.

Translated by Theodora Vasils and Themi Vasils. On another level, At the Palaces of Knossos is an allegory of history, showing the supplanting of a primitive culture by a more modern civilization

Translated by Theodora Vasils and Themi Vasils. The familiar figures who peopled that ancient world - King Minos, Theseus and Ariadne, the Minotaur, Diadalos and Ikaros - fill the pages of this novel with lifelike immediacy. Written originally for an Athenian youth periodical, At the Palaces of Knossos functions on several levels. On another level, At the Palaces of Knossos is an allegory of history, showing the supplanting of a primitive culture by a more modern civilization. Shifting the setting back and forth from Crete to Athens, Kazantzakis contrasts the languid, decaying life of the court of King Minos with the youth and vigor of the newly emerging Athens. Fundamentally, it is a gripping and vivid adventure story, recounted by one of this century's greatest storytellers, and peopled with freshly interpreted figures of classical Greek mythology

Nikos Kazantzakis, En el palacio de Cnosos, translated into Spanish by Teresa Sempere Carreras, Barcelona: Planeta 1987. Nikos Kazantzakis, At the Palaces of Knossos, translated into English by Themi Vasils and Theodora Vasils, Athens (Ohio): Ohio University Press 1988.

Nikos Kazantzakis, En el palacio de Cnosos, translated into Spanish by Teresa Sempere Carreras, Barcelona: Planeta 1987.

Blending historical fact and classical myth, the author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ transports the reader 3,000 years into the past, to a pivotal point in history: the final days before the ancient kingdom of Minoan Crete is to be conquered and supplanted by the emerging city-state of Athens. Translated by Theodora Vasils and Themi Vasils. The familiar figures who peopled that ancient world -- King Minos, Theseus and Ariadne, the Minotaur, Diadalos and Ikaros -- fill the pages of this novel with lifelike immediacy. Written originally for an Athenian youth periodical, At the Palaces of Knossos functions on several levels. Fundamentally, it is a gripping and vivid adventure story, recounted by one of this century's greatest storytellers, and peopled with freshly interpreted figures of classical Greek mythology. We see a new vision of the Minotaur, portrayed here as a bloated and sickly green monster, as much to be pitied as dreaded. And we see a grief-stricken and embittered Diadalos stomping on the homemade wax wings that have caused the drowning of his son, Ikaros. On another level, At the Palaces of Knossos is an allegory of history, showing the supplanting of a primitive culture by a more modern civilization. Shifting the setting back and forth from Crete to Athens, Kazantzakis contrasts the languid, decaying life of the court of King Minos with the youth and vigor of the newly emerging Athens. Protected by bronze swords, by ancient magic and ritual, and by ferocious-but-no-longer-invincible monsters, the kingdom of Crete represents the world that must perish if classical Greek civilization is to emerge into its golden age of reason and science. In the cataclysmic final scene in which the Minotaur is killed and King Minos's sumptuous palace burned, Kazantzakis dramatizes the death of the Bronze Age, with its monsters and totems, and the birth of the Age of Iron.
Comments to eBook At the Palaces Of Knossos
Samugor
I purchased this book as a present because I read it long ago and I loved it = the story of the Palace of Knossos, with all the beautiful greek mithology!!!

recommended to friends and familiy
Xal
Expected more regarding the events he offered and described
Kelerana
very fast turn around. quality as advertised.
Enditaling
How do you write a "children's" book that will hold readers' interest 50, 100 years from now? James Barrie, Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Terry Pratchett have. So has Nikos Kazantzakis.
This book is a gem, and deserves much wider recognition.
Mythology is usually presented, even in the much-lauded D'Aulaire series, as little more than a plot line. Here, the familiar story of Theseus and the Minotaur is enriched with well-developed characters. My favorite is Princess Ariadne: as imperious, sensitive, and curious as Elizabeth Tudor in her youth. Kazantzakis describes the splendors of the Minoan city-palace as lushly as one can infer from the historical artifacts that have been unearthed, then he enriches the picture with details of folkways that still exist today in Greece.
What raises this book from the merely entertaining to the classic is the author's dedication to his real mission: to impart the great truths of the world to his young readers. In the Palaces of Knossos, we learn a little about the nature of despotism, and how to test the long-term viability of a civilization beyond the veneer of its present power and wealth.
Teachers and parents, read this wonderful book, and be awed and entertained yourself before you read it to your kids. While you're at it, bring out a book like BBC's Civilizations by Jane McIntosh and Clint Twist so your charges can see the strange and beautiful paintings from the palace of Knossos of bull-leaping youths, the bronze dagger that Theseus himself might have carried, and one of the odd little iconic statues of the Great Goddess worshipped throughout ancient Crete.
Micelhorav
This novel derives from a series of stories written byKazantzakis for a youth's magazine. The novel utilizes Kazantzakis'graceful style to add even more magic to this fantastic myth. In the beginning, a young traveler is found surveying the grounds of the Palace of Knossos, raising suspicions with security guards and catching the eye of the young princess Ariadne. The young traveller turns out to be Theseus, a prince who desires to free his people from the tyranical King. Included is the infamous minotaur and many greek gods. This novel remains interesting and exciting all throughout the story, and can be recommended to any age group. END
thrust
"At the palaces of Knossos" is a far cry from Nikos Kazantzakis' rich and exuberant style, which is unrecognizable in this book.

The prose is poor and stilted, to the degree that you have to wonder if a ghost writer was used for this story. The message is truly simple-minded, opposing the "decadent" Minoans and the "youthful" Athenians in such a black-and-white manner that you feel ashamed for the writer. As for the atmosphere, it feels like a modern story, and does nothing to try and describe what the Minoan civilization must have been.

The research is atrocious, full of anachronisms and errors. A couple of examples:
- in the book, Phaedra is Ariadne's older sister. Phaedra really is the younger sister;
- in the book, young Theseus gives a gift of a cup engraved with an image of Odysseus. In actuality (if he really did exist), Odysseus came in a generation later than Theseus and would not have been born then.

I could go on for a long time. I bought this book to give my pre-teenage son good reading material before visiting Crete. After reading it, I am tossing it and giving my son "The king must die", by Mary Renault, an infinitely better book on the topic.

In conclusion: avoid this book at all costs. It would be a disservice to give this book to a young reader, as it will foster wrong information and impressions about the times.
Modred
See comment to review of "camisdad" above -as someone who first read this book as a child, and a passionate lover of Greek mythology, I highly recommend it.
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