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The Mycenaeans : Peoples of the Ancient World (Hardcover) - Rodney Castleden

The Mycenaeans

Peoples of the Ancient World (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 11th May 2005
ISBN: 9780415249232
Number Of Pages: 296

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The Mycenaean World was the world of the heroes who conquered Troy. Those heroes stood at the heart of Greek self-perception for centuries after the fall of their civilization. Since the rediscovery of the remains of the civilization of Mycenae by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s, knowledge of these Greeks of the Bronze Age has increased steadily. Stepping into the place of the collapsed civilization of Minoan Crete and the Peloponnese (the subject of Castleden's earlier bestselling study, Minoans), the Mycenaeans dominated mainland Greece and the Greek islands from about 1600-1250 BC. Their exploits became the subject of the legends that were immortalized by Homer.
In lively prose informed by the latest research, Castleden lays out the fundamental traits of Mycenaean civilization, its hierarchy, economy, religion and arts. Controversially, Castleden interprets the well-known palaces of Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos and elsewhere as temples. Their sea empire and the their relations with other peoples of the Bronze Age world, including the Hittites, the Egyptians and the Trojans, receive full attention. The causes of the end of their civilization are discussed.
The book is an indispensable starting point for the study of the Greek Bronze Age. Full bibliography and copious illustration support this comprehensive interpretation of a civilization whose legend still lives on.

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgements and prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Cities and kingdomsp. 6
Fragmentationp. 6
Sandy Pylos and Messeniap. 23
The roadsp. 29
Mycenae and the Argolidp. 37
The 'palace' at Mycenaep. 42
The cities of the Argive Plainp. 48
The kingdoms of the northp. 54
The peoplep. 66
Physical characteristicsp. 66
Clothing and jewelleryp. 70
The nature of Mycenaean societyp. 78
Language - Linear Bp. 85
Tombs of the kingsp. 91
Everyday life in the countrysidep. 104
A rural economyp. 104
Stock-rearingp. 108
Huntingp. 111
Everyday life in the townsp. 114
Housesp. 114
Furniturep. 116
Metalwork and armourp. 118
Arts and craftsp. 125
The 'palaces'p. 140
Religionp. 141
Problems in interpretationp. 141
Shrinesp. 144
Ceremoniesp. 151
Rediscovering the templesp. 161
A Mycenaean sea-empire?p. 183
Long-distance trade routesp. 183
Ships and portsp. 186
Reaching outp. 188
The collapse of the Minoan sea-empirep. 191
The Trojan Warp. 197
Homer's view of the warp. 197
Greeks and Trojans according to the Hittite textsp. 201
Mycenaeans and Egyptiansp. 212
The Trojan War: a twenty-first-century reconstructionp. 213
The fall of Mycenaep. 218
And live in song for generationsp. 226
The Mycenaean personalityp. 226
What was the Mycenaean achievement?p. 228
The Mycenaean inheritancep. 230
Anatolian chronologyp. 238
The kings of Mycenaep. 239
The kings of Orchomenosp. 240
King list for Argosp. 241
The Epic Cyclep. 242
Notesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 264
Indexp. 274
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ISBN: 9780415249232
ISBN-10: 0415249236
Series: Peoples of the Ancient World (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 11th May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 15.55  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1