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Thursday, April 21, 2016

006 - Mycenaean Greece



In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence of the Mycenaean Greeks of the late Bronze Age (ca. 1650-1250 BC); particularly from the major palace centers in the Argolid at Mycenae and Tiryns, Athens in Attica, the island of Salamis, Thebes and Orchomenos in Boeotia, Iolcos in Thessaly, Amyclae (which is Sparta) in Laconia, and Pylos in Messenia; what the Linear B tablets can tell us about their society, economy, and religion; and their extensive trade network that spanned the entire Mediterranean

ca. 1650-1500 BC - goods found in Grave Circles A and B at Mycenae show that the Minoans on Crete began to exercise a dominant influence on Mycenaean culture
ca. 1600 BC - two-wheeled chariots made their way to Greek mainland, probably through contact with the Hittite Empire of Anatolia (Asia Minor)
ca. 1500 BC - Tholos (beehive-shaped) tombs began to appear in Greek mainland
ca. 1450-1250 BC - the apex of Mycenaean civilization after they surpassed the Minoans as the dominant commercial power in the Aegean region
ca. 1450 BC - Linear B developed (an early form of Greek)
ca. 1325 BC - Uluburun shipwreck shows extent of Mycenaean trade network
ca. 1300 BC - "Pictorial Style" in vase-painting developed
ca. 1300 BC - "Warrior Vase" shows evolution of weaponry
ca. 1250 BC - "Lion Gate" at Mycenae was constructed

Greek wordstholos (beehive-shaped tomb), dromos (long stone-lined walkway leading to tools), megaron (rectangular-shaped audience hall), wanax (lord or master), lawagetas (second in command/leader of the people), temenos (landed estate), telestai (high ranking group, probably priests), hequetas (high ranking officers, later hetairoi), kerosija (advisors to king, later gerousia), korete (governor of district), prokerete (deputy of district), damokoro (person in charge of each district's people), damos (people, later demos), pasireu (in charge of affairs at local village level, later basileus), doero (slave, later doulos), potnia (lady or mistress), wanerkatero (belonging to the lord or master, i.e. palace slaves), rhyton (animal shaped drinking cup), metuwo newo (feast of wine), wonoqoso (wine-colored, later oinops)



Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)

Video/Mycenaean Civilization (History Den)








Photo/The Acropolis of Mycenae

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Photo/Multicultural Goods found at Uluburun Shipwreck

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Photo/Mycenaean Gold Earring

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Photo/Ivory Head (from Mycenae)

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Photo/Amphora with Octopus (from Argolid)

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Photo/Stirrup Vase with Octopus (from Rhodes)

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Photo/Mycenaean Stirrup Jar (found in Ugarit)

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Recommended Podcast Episodes:

Suggested Readings:
* Chadwick. 1967. The Decipherment of Linear B.
* Chadwick. 1976. The Mycenaean World.
* McDonald and Thomas. 1990. Progress into the Past: The Rediscovery of Mycenaean Civilization.
* Dickinson. 1994. The Aegean Bronze Age.
* Fitton. 1998. The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age.
* Preziosi. 2000. Aegean Art and Architecture.
* Field. 2004. Mycenaean Citadels c. 1350–1200 BC.
* Castleden. 2005. The Mycenaeans.
* Mylonas. 2006. Mycenae - A Guide to its ruins and History.
* Shelmerdine. 2008. The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age.
* Cline. 2010. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean.
* D'Amato and Salimbeti. 2011. Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600–1100 BC.


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