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”.
Crete is the largest island in the Aegean Sea and dotted with archaeological sites, including many that date back to the Bronze Age.
Recently, two intact chamber tombs have been unearthed at the Mycenaean cemetery of Aidonia, near the ancient site of Nemea.
Roel Konijnendijk, Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, Owen Rees, and Josho Brouwers talk about the ancient Greek hoplite.
A small agate decorated with a battle-scene, recovered from the so-called “Griffin Warrior” tomb in Pylos (Greece), has been hyped up for the wrong reasons.
A remarkable retelling in comic book form of a comprehensive version of the story of the Trojan War that is, at present, sadly unfinished.
A look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades from the Archaic and Classical periods.
Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Inspired by my postdoctoral research, I wonder whether the ancient Greeks built walls around (part of) their settlements primarily out of fear of attack.