Elizabeth French

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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Mycenae was inhabited for several millennia before the start of the Bronze Age and remained occupied, if not prosperous, for at least a millennium after its end. The site lies on a rocky knoll between two hills in the northeast corner of the Argive plain some eight miles from the sea. It is probable that the environment of the Bronze Age was similar to that of the earlier part of the twentieth century ad, as it seems that the north and east sections of the Argolid suffered less than other areas from poor land management in the Early Bronze Age, which caused major changes in the landscape. Mycenae was identified through both legend and Homer at least until Roman times, with the walls and Lion Gate remaining visible. All recent interpretive work is based on these excavations.

Keywords: Mycenae; Argive plain; Bronze Age; Argolid; land management; Homer; Lion Gate; excavations

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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