The Mycenaean World

The Mycenaean World

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By (author) John Chadwick

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 244mm x 14mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521290376
  • ISBN 13: 9780521290371
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 102,714

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In 1952 the decipherment of the Linear B script suddenly revealed the Greekness of Mycenaean Greece. Now, after new discoveries and more than 20 years of intensive work, scholars are able to interpret the written documents and reconstruct from them a vivid picture of life in this remote period, in a way which is impossible from archaeology alone. John Chadwick, who assisted Ventris in the original decipherment, has played a major part in these advances. He now summarizes the results of research and in so doing opens the door to a new world, Mycenaean Greece seen through the eyes of its inhabitants. The tablets may be only, as he describes them, 'the account books of anonymous clerks', but from these prosaic documents he shows how we can infer a bronze industry, foreign slave-women, or even human sacrifice. Not least important is the comparison of the newly available data with the Homeric account, much to the detriment of Homer's credibility as a witness.

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Table of contents

List of illustrations; Preface; 1. The hellenization of Greece; 2. The documentary evidence; 3. Mycenaean geography; 4. The people of the tablets; 5. The social structure and the administrative system; 6. Religion; 7. Agriculture; 8. Craft, industry and trade; 9. Weapons and war; 10. Homer the pseudo-historian; 11. The end of the Mycenaean world; Bibliography; Index.