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MYCENAEAN AGE (600 – 1100 BC)

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MYCENAEAN AGE (600 – 1100 BC)


The Mycenaean Age dates from around 1600 BC to 1100 BC, amid the Bronze Age. Mycenae is an archeological site in Greece from which the name Mycenaean Age is inferred. Mycenae site is situated in the Peloponnese, Southern Greece. The remaining parts of a Mycenaean royal residence were found at this site, representing its significance. Other outstanding destinations amid the Mycenaean Age incorporate Athens, Thebes, Pylos and Tiryns.

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As per Homer, the Mycenaean human progress is committed to King Agamemnon who drove the Greeks in the Trojan War. The castle found at Mycenae matches Homer’s portrayal of Agamemnon’s home. The sum and nature of belonging found at the graves at the site give an understanding to the riches and success of the Mycenaean human advancement. Before the Mycenaean’s power in Greece, the Minoan society was prevailing. On the other hand, the Mycenaeans crushed the Minoans, obtaining the city of Troy all the while, as per Homer’s Illiad (a few history specialists contend this is Myth as opposed to actuality). Mycenaean society was based around its fundamental urban communities in Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Athens, Thebes, Orchomenos, and Folksier.

The Mycenaeans additionally possessed the remnants of Knossos on Crete, which was a noteworthy city amid the Minoan time. Mycenaean and Minoan workmanship merged, framing a social amalgamation that is found on Crete (dolls, figures and earthenware). Amid the Mycenaean human progress the class broadening of rich and poor, higher classes and lower turned out to be more settled, with great riches being for the most part held for the King, his company and different individuals from the regal circle. Like the Minoans, the Mycenaeans constructed stupendous castles and invigorated fortifications, with regulatory and political powers immovably under illustrious power. Mycenaean culture was to some degree a warrior society and their military was ever arranged for the fight to come, be it with regards to a city or to ensure its riches and social fortunes.

The Mycenaeans were striking merchants and kept up contact with different nations from the Mediterranean and Europe. They were incredible architects and fabricated extraordinary extensions, tombs, living arrangements and royal residences. Their tombs known as ‘apiary tombs’ were round fit as a fiddle with a high rooftop. A solitary section made of stone prompted the tomb. A mixed bag of belonging, including arms and defensive layer, were covered with the dead, while the more well-to-do might likewise be covered with gold and gems. Interestingly, instead of being covered in a resting position, Mycenaeans were buried in a sitting position, with the wealthier classes in some cases being preserved.


The settlements of Mycenaean human progress are to a great extent known from archeological remains. The fortresses manufactured amid the Mycenaean Age were developed utilizing the Cyclopean stonework style, with gigantic doorways made with extensive stones. These fortresses were regulatory base camp for the rulers.

At the most elevated crests of the fortresses the castles of the rulers were constructed. The fundamental arranging of these royal residences was like Minoan structures, with diverse spaces for distinctive capacities, styled likewise. The structures were not mind boggling in structure and were assembled around a focal megaron. The basic outline was a before component of Helladic structural engineering.

The normal individuals inhabited the foot of the strongholds in the wide open or adjacent districts. These settlements were for the most part based at hillocks or fields where area was rich and water was bounteous. Alongside fields, port and seaside locales were of equivalent significance from the perspective of economy and exchange.


The distinction of classes in societal structure can, to some degree, be gotten from the products that were covered in their graves. It is clear that there was an in number, decision class and a lower gathering of the basic individuals.

The political chain of command comprised of ‘The Wanax’ (or King), at the top, who was the political and religious pioneer. Beneath him were the neighborhood boss and controllers who cared for managerial obligations. The security of the state was the obligation of the Lawagetas, the leader of the armed force.  On account of this proficient progressive system, the Mycenaean Age was monetarily and socially wealthy, while weapons, arms and combat hardware found in graves and destinations affirm their general public as military slanted.


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photo via wikipedia

The Mycenaeans took after a bipartite arrangement of working. There were two gatherings of individuals. One who worked in the royal residence for the rulers and another who were independently employed. However, even those individuals who worked in the royal residence could maintain their own business on the off chance that they wished.

The copyists disregarded financial creation and exchanges. They additionally sorted out the circulation of proportions and apportioned work.


The agrarian economy was all around sorted out and had very much circulated stockpiling habitats for items and yields. The surplus was kept in royal residences as a type of duty. We know this from records kept as earth tablets.

Imperative merchandise created were oats, olive oil and wine, while herbs, flavors and nectar were additionally developed. Sheep and goats were touched for their fleece and milk. Merchandise and produce were additionally sent out to remote nations, particularly olive oil.


The material business was a standout amongst the most noteworthy commercial ventures amid the Mycenaean development. From the first phase of touching the sheep, stocking the fleece in the royal residences to the last phase of the completed item as a fabric, evrything was carefully composed. The castle of Pylos utilized around 550 material specialists while at Knossos there were 900. Fleece, fiber and flax were the most imperative materials.

Another imperative industry was the metal business where metallurgy was drilled in a propelled structure. At Pylos around 400 laborers were utilized. At Knossos, tablets recommend, that swords and weapons were produced in amount. Another fascinating industry was the scent business. Oils of rose, sage, and so forth were utilized to make fragrances and aromas. Other talented skilled workers included goldsmiths, ivory-carvers, stone carvers, and potters.


Little is thought about the religious practices of the Mycenaeans. Just a couple of writings delineate the name of Gods. A well known divinity was Poseidon, (at the time presumably connected with quakes). Other vital Gods incorporated the Lady of the Labyrinth and Diwia (Sea Goddess). Different individuals from the pantheon of which confirmation has been discovered incorporate Zeus-Hera, Ares, Hermes, Athena, Artemis, Dionysus and Erinya.

There are not very many sanctuaries or altars that have been discovered where religious practices may have been worked out: So we can accept all ceremonies occurred on open ground or in crest havens. A few places of worship that are found have a tripartite auxiliary configuration. Minoans had an in number impact on the greater part of the religious practices and ceremonies rehearsed by the Mycenaeans.


Earthenware work, for example, stirrup jugs, pitchers, kraters and cups were made amid this time. The vessels that were sent out were all the more unpredictably outlined and had delightful themes, frequently portraying warriors and creatures. Vessels fit as a fiddle of tripods, bowls, or lights were found in expansive amounts at the archaeological destinations.

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Terracotta statuettes included human puppets and now and then zoomorphic figures, a large portion of them being male or female. They were either single or multi-shaded and were frequently utilized as statues of love.

Painting subjects included chasing, war scenes, parades, mythology and legend. A few frescoes have additionally been found in royal residences, while comparative artictic topics were likewise utilized as a part of ceramics. In the interim, an assortment of materials (wood, cowhide and metal) were utilized as a part of the assembling of covering, shields, caps, lances, lances, swords, blades and bolts.


The Linear B dialect that was composed amid the Mycenaean human progress comprised of around 200 syllabic signs and logograms. This dialect was an enhanced type of the Linear A, composed amid the Minoan Age. The dialect was utilized generally as a part of Knossos and in Pylos.

The corpus of the Mycenaean Age comprises of 6000 tablets from the Early Helladic to Late Helladic. The Kafkania stone is the most seasoned Mycenaean engraving going back to the seventeenth century BC.

End of Civilization:

There are two hypotheses about the end of the Mycenaean human progress. One is populace development, the second inner strife and clash. As indicated by the first hypothesis the Dorians lauched a staggering assault, despite the fact that this theory has been addressed on the grounds that the Dorians had dependably been available in the Greece of that time. Then again, it could have been the ‘Ocean People’ who assaulted the Mycenaeans. The Sea People are known not assaulted different districts in the Levant and Anatolia, so maybe this perusing of occasions is more dependable.

The second hypothesis proposes an inner societal clash between the rich and poor, with the lower classes getting to be bankrupted towards the end of the Late Helladic period and dismissing the framework under which they were administered. By end of the LH III C, the Mycenaean human progress had arrive at an end with the urban areas of Mycenae and Tirynth totally decimated. The end of the Mycenaean human progress proclaimed the begin of the Greek Dark Ages.

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