A strongly fortified Mycenaean settlement and palace in southern Greece. The site was investigated by Heinrich Schliemann intermittently between 1876 and 1885. Although the site was occupied during the early Bronze Age, the palace and an accompanying defensive wall were not built until about 1400 bc. The palace was of typical Mycenaean form with a central megaron opening onto a porticoed courtyard. Frescoes on the walls show Minoan influences. Tiryns was destroyed about 1200 bc, subsequent occupation being on a small scale and rather poor compared with earlier times.
H. Schliemann, 1886, Tiryns. London: John Murray