The Shrine of Eileithyia, Minoan Goddess of Childbirth and Motherhood, at the Inatos Cave in Southern Crete: Volume I: The Egyptian-Type Artifacts [Hardback]

Günther Hölbl (Author); Philip Betancourt (Editor); Athanasia Kanta (Editor); Costis Davaras (Editor); Konstantinos Chalikias (Other)

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ISBN: 9781931534345 | Published by: INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) | Series: Prehistory Monographs | Volume: 69 | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 150p, H280 x W216 (mm) 42




The Shrine of Eileithyia, Minoan Goddess of Childbirth and Motherhood, at the Inatos Cave in Southern Crete

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This volume provides a catalogue of the ancient Egyptian imports and Egyptianising artifacts found in 1962 during the excavation of a cave near Tsoutsouros (ancient Inatos), Crete, Greece. The cave was a sanctuary dedicated to the Minoan and Greek goddess Eileithyia, the little known goddess of childbirth and motherhood whose offerings depict pregnant women, women in labour, and couples embracing, among other motifs.

The Aegyptiaca of the Minoan and Mycenaean eras on Crete signify the political and economic relations between the Aegean rulers and the Egyptian royal court. Several of the objects are Egyptian scarabs, which certainly represent official Egyptian-Cretan affairs, especially those dating from the reign of Amenophis III to the end of the eighteenth Dynasty. Many of the objects catalogued come from the 10th to 7th centuries BC, linked to veneration of the goddess of childbirth and motherhood. The volume is illustrated with colour photographs depicting statuettes, seals, and vessels found at the site.

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