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The Prehistory of Crete

Malcolm H. Wiener

Aegean Prehistorian

 The lecture will first summarize quickly the history of Crete from the first known settlement in Crete c. 6900/6600 BC at Knossos to the collapse at the end of the Bronze Age c. 1200–1150 BC and the population nadir c. 1025 BC. We will then return to c. 1600 BC in order to focus on the nature and role of Knossian-controlled Minoan Crete and its seaborne empire at its zenith, considering among many other aspects the dependence of Minoan Crete on overseas sources for the copper and tin needed to create the bronze of the Bronze Age, the nature of the colonies, trading stations and ports of call required, and the cultural impact of Minoan Crete on the Mycenaean civilization of mainland Greece.

Malcolm H Wiener: Born Tsingtao, China, July 3, 1935; B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard College, 1957; Ensign/Lt. (jg) U.S.N., 1957-60; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1963. Practice of law, 1963-70, International, Corporate and Non-Profit law. General Counsel, Archaeological Institute of America, 1968-1976; Advisor, United States Department of State, International Convention on Illicit Traffic in Antiquities. Investment management, 1971-97; Chairman, The Millburn Corporation, 1977-97, ShareInVest, 1982-97. President and Founder, Institute for Aegean Prehistory, and of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, 1981-; Founder of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, 1991; Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2012-; Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Married Carolyn Talbot Seely; children: Kate, Elizabeth, Thomas, Jonathan.

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Event Details

  • 11/30/2017
  • 06:00 PM
  • ISAW Lecture Hall
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