The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI:
The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection

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This chapter is devoted to Greco-Oriental contacts at the turn of the second and first millennia BC. The central concern is with continuities and discontinuities: essentially with the question of the ancestry of the Greek world of the Early Iron Age and thus, less directly, of archaic and classical Greece. In the field of the visual arts, many of the most impressive Greco-Oriental parallels are between Near Eastern monuments of Bronze Age date, and Greek ones of the seventh and sixth centuries BC. It is a nice irony that Lefkandi, the site without which none of the arguments cited at the beginning would have been advanced in so strong a form (whether about the continuity of the polis, or more especially about the survival of the oriental links of the Mycenaean world) was a Middle Helladic site with a thin Mycenaean occupation, to which a return in force was evidently made only in the final stages of the Bronze Age.

Keywords: Greece; Orient; Mycenaean; Bronze Age; Iron Age; monuments; Lefkandi; polis; visual arts

Chapter.  6588 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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