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Mycenaeans

The term “Mycenaean” is an archaeological label, applied to a particular complex of material culture from the Greek mainland that dates to the Late Bronze Age. “Mycenaeans” is a short hand, and should explictly not be taken to refer to a particular ethnic group, since we don’t know how people in the Bronze Age Aegean defined themselves.

For example, we don’t know if the people from the mainland – producers of “Mycenaean” material culture, however defined – even conceived of themselves as ethnically distinct from e.g. the contemporary people on Crete, who are often referred to collectively – and misleadingly – as the “Minoans”.

Homer and history

Homer and history

Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?

Written by Josho Brouwers

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