Ancient Greece: From the Mycanaean Palaces to the Age of by Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

By Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

This booklet is the main basic reinterpretation of historic Greek historical past, tradition, and society in thirty years. The authors refute the conventional view of the Greek darkish Age with facts of a gradual development from Mycenaean kingship to the notion of aristocratic the Aristocracy within the Archaic period.

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Schwandner, who first proposed this device, also records its use at Bog˘azköy (Schwandner 1990: 221–2, figs 9–10). Here again the majority of evidence is from Mycenaean palaces, so the technology may be recognised as a Mycenaean invention, but its appearance at Bog˘azköy further strengthens the suggestion of a technological interchange between the two cultures during the late fourteenth and throughout the thirteenth centuries . 13 Pendulum stone saw, after Schwandner 1990, fig. g. 14) but found also at Mycenae in its walls and in the underground ‘Perseia’ springhouse (Küpper 1996: 35–8; Maran 2003: 261–4).

1. 6b. Plan of building HE at Gournia, adapted from Hayden 1987, fig. 34 (a)       23 dates reflect the diffusion of this type of building by Mycenaeans during the period when they were expanding their control over the islands and Crete; a period presumably by consolidation of the palace centres. Building during LH IIIA1 is marked by the widespread appearance of monumental plans, elaborate architectural craftsmanship, and the beginning of decorative programs. 9 Mycenaean fresco painting also flourishes at this time when programmatic scenes are first applied in the palaces, many borrowing heavily from Minoan traditions (Lang 1969: 221–4; Immerwahr 1990: 106–13, 110–11; Shaw 1980, 1996, 1997).

They also commanded the producers of luxuries to manufacture items they commissioned (Kilian-Dirlmeier 1997: 122; Vermeule 1975; Davis 1974, 1977; Matthäus 1980: 339–43). But the extent to which these rising elites were able to do this varied dramatically from place to place; that is why there is such a disparity in the distribution of luxury items among such premier places at Mycenae, Vapheio, and Peristeria, to name only a few. This disparity, however, was governed by the need to communicate in a vocabulary known to the intended audience (Clark and Blake 1994: 25–6), and this rule explains not only variation from community to community but also the adaptation of foreign styles for local purposes.

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