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Monday, April 11, 2016

004 - Early Bronze Age



In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early Bronze Age on mainland Greece and the Cycladic Islands; the arrival of the Indo-Europeans in Greece (known as the proto-Greeks); and the rediscovery and excavation of three legendary Bronze Age cities (Troy, Knossos, and Mycenae) in the latter part of the 19th century AD by the infamous Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans that brought to light the Bronze Age peoples who would become known as the "Minoans" and "Mycenaeans"

ca. 3000-2100 BC - early Bronze Age in Greece
ca. 2100 BC - Proto-greeks (Indo-Europeans) arrive in Greece
ca. 2100-1600 BC - middle Bronze Age in Greece; proto-Greeks mingle with the natives (the so-called Pelasgians) to develop a distinctly Helladic culture

Greek wordspaleo (old), chalkos (copper), nea (new), lithos (stone), kuklos (circle)


Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)























Map/Later migrations of the Indo-European tribes throughout Europe



Map/Reconstruction of the Proto-Greek area



Video/The Bronze Age Changes with Archeological Evidence (The Cynical Historian)




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Suggested Readings:
* Drews. 1988. The Coming of the Greeks.
* Dickinson. 1994. The Aegean Bronze Age.
* Preziosi. 2000. Aegean Art and Architecture.
D'Amato and Salimbeti. 2013. Early Aegean Warrior 5000–1450 BC.


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