Mycenaean World

ISBN-10: 0521290376
ISBN-13: 9780521290371
Edition: 1976
Authors: John Chadwick
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/25/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 recent 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.

List of illustrations
Preface
The hellenization of Greece
The documentary evidence
Mycenaean geography
The people of the tablets
The social structure and the administrative system
Religion
Agriculture
Craft, industry and trade
Weapons and war
Homer the pseudo-historian
The end of the Mycenaean world
Bibliography
Index

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