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Publisher Comments:

For almost three thousand years, the Mycenaeans, ancestors of the classical Greeks, lay lost and forgotten beneath the soil of Greece. In 1876, however, a German businessman, Heinrich Schliemann, in his search for the great Mycenaean king Agamemnon and other heroes of the Trojan War, made an astounding discovery in Mycenae: inside the monumental Lion Gate he discovered shaft graves belonging to a warrior elite, many of whom were buried wearing striking gold funerary masks and armor.

In this authoritative new survey, Schofield examines these initial discoveries and other material evidence from Mycenaean culture, including painted pottery, documents in Linear B script, and the remains of fortress-palaces, all of which have yielded important information about the social hierarchies, religion, and military and trading activities of this wealthy and sophisticated culture. The author also considers the factual basis for the Mycenaeans' legendary links with the Trojan War and the various explanations for the eventual decline of their civilization.

Book News Annotation:

Archaeologist Schofield, formerly a curator at the British Museum, charts the story of the Greek civilization that flourished during the Late Bronze Age, about 1600-1100 BC from its origins to eventual fall. Among the events are the founding of Troy, the adoption of the Minoan palace system from Crete, the circle of graves, the Trojan War, and the epics and legends the Mycenaeans have inspired over the subsequent millennia. She writes for general readers, but cites more detailed and technical sources. Many photographs, about half in color, are included. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Louise Schofield was formerly a curator at the British Museum specializing in the Greek Bronze Age. She coedited the book Egypt, the Aegean, and the Levant.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892368679
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Author:
Schofield, Louise
Author:
null, Louise
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Civilization, mycenaean
Subject:
History, World | Ancient | Greek
Subject:
Greece Antiquities.
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20070430
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.50 x 6.75 in

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