The term “Mycenaeans” is an archaeological label, applied to a particular complex of material culture from the Greek mainland that dates to the Late Bronze Age. It should not be taken to refer to a particular ethnic group, since we don’t know how the archaeologically attested Mycenaeans defined themselves, or even if they conceived of themselves as ethnically distinct from e.g. the people on Crete, whom we refer to as the “Minoans”.
The newest entry into the Total War series of strategy games is inspired by the Trojan War. While the game looks beautiful, it’s not something that I have enjoyed playing.
Playing through A Total War Saga: Troy, Josho is dismayed by the idea of thousands of players being exposed to terribly bad interpretations of what Mycenaean warriors looked like.
The first in a series of videos on the Trojan War and the Aegean Bronze Age, this video produced by Invicta History and written by Josho Brouwers deals with Mycenaean chariots.
With the recent release of the strategy game A Total War Saga: Troy, there has been a flood of videos about the Trojan War. Sadly, many of them are not very good. The recent video by Extra Credits on “Battles in the Bronze Age” is an example.
Last month, Josho Brouwers gave a lecture about the cultural signifcance of the Homeric epics to ancient Greek warfare, which was also recorded on video. Here you can read the text of this lecture.
The site of Lefkandi flourished in the aftermath of the collapse of the Mycenaean Palaces. Among the pottery found at the settlement on the Xeropolis tell is an alabastron on which griffins are depicted not as monsters, but in a loving family scene. What does it mean for the changing contexts of pottery production in the postpalatial Aegean?
A fragmentary fresco from Pylos has been reconstructed as depicting a warrior with a round shield with armband and grip. A closer look reveals that this fresco most likely depicts something else.
When it comes to the history of warfare in the Late Bronze Age Aegean, an important find is the bronze panoply recovered by Swedish archaeologists from a tomb at Dendra in 1960.
In a shrine at Ayia Irini, a site on the island of Kea (ancient Keos), excavators have found a large number of clay sculptures that date back to the Late Bronze Age.
With Ariadne’s Threads, published in 2015, Berenice Jones has written the standard work on clothing in the Aegean Bronze Age that will serve as the basis for all future research.