Spyridon Nikolaou Marinatos

Spyridon Marinatos

Spyridon Nikolaou Marinatos (4.11.1901 Lixouri / Kefalonia -1.10.1974 Santorini ) was one of the premier Greek archaeologists of the 20th century, whose most notable discovery was the site of the Minoan port city on the island of Thera destroyed and preserved by the massive volcanic eruption, ca 1650-1600 BC, spawning myths of Atlantis. Marinatos began excavating there in 1967, and he was destined to die at the site, suffering a massive stroke.

Marinatos was director-general of antiquities for the Greek Ministry of Culture during the autocratic rule of the colonels. The acquaintance he cultivated with the colonels who were in power in Greece, especially the widely-despised Georgios Papadopoulos, opened bureaucratic doors for him, but created controversy among his academic peers.

His Crete and Mycenae (1960) was originally published in Greek, 1959. His summing-up of the excavations on Santorini is "Life and Art in Prehistoric Thera," Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 57 (1972).

Excavations at Thera VI (1972), Parts of the publication of Spyridon Marinatos (PDF)

Archaeological Sites

Marinatos was responsible for excavations at:


S. Marinatos, Anaskaphe Amnisou Kretes, PAE (1932) 76-94.

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphe Amnisou Kretes, PAE (1933) 93-100.

S. Marinatos, Funde auf Forschungen auf Kreta. Archäologischer Anzeiger 48 (1933) 288-314

S. Marinatos, Ausgrabungen und Funde auf Kreta, 1935-1936. Archäologischer Anzeiger 51 (1936) 215-228

S. Marinatos, Ausgrabungen und Funde auf Kreta, 1936-1937. Archäologischer Anzeiger 52 (1937) 222-234

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphe Amnisou Kretes, PAE (1938) 130-138

S. Marinatos, The Volcanic Destruction of Minoan Crete, Antiquity 13(1939) 425-439

S. Marinatos, To minoïkon megaron Sklavokampou, AE (1939-41) 69-96.

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphai Vathypetrou Archanon (Kretes), PAE (1949) 100-109.

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphai megarou Vathypetrou (Kretes), PAE (1951) 258-272.

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphai en Vathypetro Kretes, PAE (1952) 592-610.

S. Marinatos, Palepylos. Das Altertum 1, 1955 Heft 3, 140-163

S. Marinatos, Anaskaphe en Pylo, PAE (1957) 299-316

S. Marinatos, Helice: a submerged town of Classical Greece. Archaeology 13 (1960), 186-193.

S. Marinatos, Die Wanderung des Zeus, Archäologischer Anzeiger 77 (1962) 903-916

S. Marinatos, Archaeology and modern technique. Fulbright Review 1 (1964), 41-44.

PAE: Praktika Archaeol. Etaireias

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