Jack L. Davis

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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The discovery of Bronze Age Pylos followed many frustrating efforts to locate the home of Homer's hero, Nestor. In 1829, soon after Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Turks, members of the great French cultural mission, the Expédition scientifique de Morée, sought Nestor's palace not far away, near a village called Pyla. In the 1880s Heinrich Schliemann dug in the medieval fortress at Navarino, looking for prehistoric remains comparable to those that he had already investigated at Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon. Others searched much farther afield, even many kilometers farther north, in Elis, in vain attempts to discover the elusive Palace of Nestor. Both in ancient and modern times, the location to which the place name Pylos was attached shifted.

Keywords: Bronze Age; Pylos; Homer; Nestor; Greece; Pyla; Heinrich Schliemann; Mycenae; Elis

Article.  4281 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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