Monsters and the Mind
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Wolf, Diana: Monsters and the Mind: Composite Creatures and Social Cognition in Aegean Bronze Age Glyptic, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2019 (Daidalos – Heidelberger Abschlussarbeiten zur Klassischen Archäologie, Vol. 9). https://doi.org/10.11588/propylaeum.502

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Diana Wolf

Monsters and the Mind

Composite Creatures and Social Cognition in Aegean Bronze Age Glyptic

Daidalos – Heidelberger Abschlussarbeiten zur Klassischen Archäologie

Monsters and the Mind constitutes a first systematic approach to the extant repertoire of “monster” depictions on Aegean Bronze Age seals and sealings with a special focus on Minoan Crete. The study categorizes and frames a typology of hybrids and composite creatures such as griffins and bird-ladies, Minoan Genii and Dragons, and interprets these in the context of their respective times of origin and circulation. A comprehensive catalogue including all published seals bearing hybrids and composite creatures supplements the typological and interpretative approach of the text.

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1. Introduction
2. Monsters and Meanings
3. Composite Creatures on Seals and Sealings – Occasional Hybrids
4. Composite Creatures on Seals and Sealings – Fixed Hybrids
5. Towards an Understanding of the Social Cognition
6. Conclusion
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