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Title: 'Do you See a Man Skillful in his Work? He will Stand before Kings'
Subtitle: Interpreting the Spread of Architectural Influences in the Bronze Age East Mediterranean
Author(s): HITCHCOCK, Louise A.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 7    Date: 2008   
Pages: 17-49
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.7.0.2033251

Abstract :
This paper explores motivations for the transmission of architectural styles between Late Bronze Age Cyprus and the Aegean. The possibilities evaluated include colonisation, ethnicity and the role of architecture in creating identity through orchestrating daily routines, elite competition, cultural memory, modified diffusion, evidence for itinerant workers, the effect of catastrophes, and mechanisms for the transfer of ideas based on ethnographic analogy. It is concluded that a combination of possible modes of transmission can best serve to understand the spread of ideas, while local expertise and motivations also play a significant role in this process.

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