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Mycenaeans - Rodney Castleden

Mycenaeans - Rodney Castleden

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The Mycenaean World was the world of the heroes who conqueredTroy. Those heroes stood at the heart of Greek self-perception for centuriesafter the fall of their civilization. Since the rediscovery of the remains of the civilization of Mycenae by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s, know-ledge of these Greeks of the bronze age has increased steadily. Steppinginto the place of the collapsed civilization of Minoan Crete and thePeloponnese (the subject of Castleden’s earlier bestselling study,
),the Mycenaeans dominated mainland Greece and the Greek islands fromabout 1600 to 1200
. Their exploits became the subject of the legendsthat were immortalized by Homer.In lively prose informed by the latest research, Castleden lays out thefundamental traits of Mycenaean civilization, its hierarchy, economy, reli-gion and arts. Castleden transforms our perspective of Mycenaean religionby his reinterpretation of the familiar ‘palaces’ of Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylosand elsewhere, as temples. Their sea-empire and their relations with otherpeoples of the bronze age world, including the Hittites, the Egyptians andthe Trojans, receive full attention. The causes of the end of theircivilization are discussed.The book is an indispensable starting point for the study of the Greekbronze age. Full bibliography and copious illustration support this compre-hensive interpretation of a civilization whose legend still lives on.
Rodney Castleden
has written over one hundred articles on history, pre-history and geography. Among his books are
The Stonehenge People
The Making of Stonehenge
The Knossos Labyrinth
 Atlantis Destroyed 
By the same author:
lassic Landforms of the Sussex Coast(1982; second edition 1996)The Wilmington Giant
The quest for a lost myth
(1983)The Stonehenge People
 An exploration of life in neolithic Britain,4700–2000
(1987)The Knossos Labyrinth
 A new view of the ‘Palace of Minos’ at Knossos
 Life in Bronze Age Crete
(1990)Book of British Dates
 A comprehensive chronological dictionary of British dates from prehistoric times to the present day
(1991)Neolithic Britain
 New Stone Age sites of England, Scotland and Wales
(1992)The making of Stonehenge (1993)World History
 A chronological dictionary of dates
(1994)The Cerne Giant (1996)Knossos, Temple of the Goddess (1996)The English Lake District (1998)Out in the Cold
Ideas on glaciation
(1998)Atlantis destroyed (1998)The Little Book of Kings and Queens of Britain (1999)Ancient British Hill Figures (1999)King Arthur
The truth behind the legend 
(2000)The History of World Events (2003)Britain 3000
(2003)Infamous Murderers (2004)Serial Killers (2004)

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