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Anthony Snodgrass

Anthony Snodgrass is Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge. His books include The Dark Age of Greece.

Collapses of Civilisation

Anthony Snodgrass, 25 July 1991

Gigantic academic blunder? The phrase appears without the question-mark on the last page of Centuries of Darkness. That title too, as we shall see, would have better conveyed the book’s message if it had ended in a question-mark. Fortunately, though, the message is already brilliantly expressed by the book’s dust-jacket, showing the design from the painted box of Tutankhamun in the form of a jigsaw. The jigsaw is divided into two parts by a black intervening gap, yet we can see that the two halves would actually fit together. The gap should not be there.

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