Mycenaeans located in Southern Greece (1600-1100)

A Mycenaean funeral mask


Hellenistic empire


We bury our nobles in beehive tombs (tholoi), large circular burial chambers with a high vaulted roof and straight entry passage lined with stone. We often bury daggers or some other form of military equipment with our deceased. Nobility are frequently buried with gold masks, tiaras, armour, and jeweled weapons. We were buried in a sitting position, and some of the nobility underwent mummification, whereas Homer's Achilles and Patroclus were not buried but cremated and honoured with gold urns, instead of gold masks.


Local workshops produce utilitarian objects of pottery and bronze, as well as luxury items, such as carved gems, jewelry, vases in precious metals, and glass ornaments. Our contact with Minoan Crete plays a decisive role in the shaping and development of Mycenaean culture, especially in the arts. Besides being bold traders, we are fierce warriors and great engineers who design and build remarkable bridges, fortification walls, and beehive-shaped tombs—all employing Cyclopean masonry—and elaborate drainage and irrigation systems. Our palatial centers, "Mycenae rich in gold" and "sandy Pylos," are immortalized in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.


Worshipper and worshipped are identified in seals, rings and votives figures through their gestures: worshippers fold their arms, or raise the right arm in greeting, or place a hand on the forehead. Deities lift both arms in the "epiphany gesture" or reach forward to give or receive. Some of the deities are familiar—or at least their names are recognizably present in the Olympic pantheon of written myth.
Our relation to nature is reflected in our depiction of animals, which are shown only in relation to man, or as victims of the hunt. Also, we do not have a priestly class.


Blog 1: Its around 1100 BC and our civilization is collapsing. Numerous cities are being sacked and the region is entering what is seen as a dark age. Greece is also experiencing a decreasing population and they are losing their literacy.
Blog 2: We like to settle on all different areas of Greece. In Crete, we occupy the ruins of Knossos. In addition there are some sites of importance for cult, such as Lerna, typically in the form of house sanctuaries. Our settlement sites also appeare on islands in the Aegean, on the coast of Asia Minor, and then in Cyprus.
Blog 3: Not only did we Mycenaeans defeat the Minoans, but according to our legend, we twice defeated Troy, a powerful city-state that rivals our power. We wrote of this in the Iliad of Homer and other texts replete with mythology, so some claim this is untrue, but we are trying to convince people we really did defeat Troy.

The Wall

We'll always hold a grudge for you taking over our civilization but we were getting weaker at the time. Glad to see that your guys appreciate our form of script and are putting it to good use. - Minoans

"Mycenaean Greece". Wikipedia. 5/1/07 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycenaean_Greece>.
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