Chapter

Mycenae

in Ancient Greece

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199601349
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191778124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199601349.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

Mycenae

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Mycenae is the major Late Bronze Age city in the Argolis region of the north-east Peloponnese that gave its name to an entire era: the ‘Mycenaean’ Age. ‘Mycenae’ focuses on this Ancient Greek region and shows how the palace-based rulers of Mycenae and other mainland Mycenaean centres north and south of the Corinthian isthmus were notably bellicose and likely strongly to defend themselves. Though Greek in language, the civilization of Mycenaean Greece was in basic respects a provincial outpost of a Middle Eastern culture whose centres lay in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Around 1200 bce, the wealthy centres of Mycenaean Greek civilization came crashing down (the multiple causes of this still being disputed).

Keywords: Agamemnon; Alexander the Great; Argos; bronze; Helen; Menelaus; Mycenae; Pandora; Peloponnese; slavery; Thebes

Chapter.  2291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Greek History

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