Becoming Mycenean: The Emergence of Mycenean Civilisation in Greece

Free Public Lecture

Becoming Mycenean: The Emergence of Mycenean Civilisation in Greece

This lecture is a survey of evidence from the Middle Bronze Age through the early phases of the Late Bronze (c. 1700-1330 BCE) and explains how Mycenaean civilization developed in relation to its predecessors.

It is intended for general audiences but will introduce them to latest thinking about the rise of Mycenaean civilization during the Late Bronze Age in Greece. It will explore how mainlanders interacted with people in the Aegean Islands and with the inhabitants of the palaces of Crete, especially Knossos.

Special emphasis is placed in the rise of small warrior societies at Mycenae and elsewhere on the mainland of Greece. The lecture will end with a consideration of Mycenaean rule at Knossos, the invention of the Mycenaean script, Linear B, and the founding of palaces on the mainland of Greece.

Presenter

  • Professor James C Wright
    Professor James C Wright, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens