By Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

This booklet is the main primary reinterpretation of historical Greek heritage, tradition, and society in thirty years. The authors refute the conventional view of the Greek darkish Age with facts of a gradual development from Mycenaean kingship to the notion of aristocratic the Aristocracy within the Archaic period.

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Kilian 1987a: 203) AN ARGUMENT FOR THE ORIGINS OF MONUMENTAL ARCHITECTURE Any discussion of the origins and formation of the Mycenaean palaces must begin with the insightful studies of Klaus Kilian, especially his contribution to the Strasbourg Colloquium of 1985 (Kilian 1984; 1987a, b, c, d; 1988a, b; 1990). He pointed the way for understanding the palace in the context of the evolving socio-political structure of the Mycenaean state with appropriate attention to the role of the wanax and, presciently, to influences from Crete (Kilian 1988b).

4 Barber 1992: 1 and n. 6; Darcque (2005: 95) does not believe this block was used for a wall, but rather may have been intended as a base or anta; this view conforms with Nelson’s observations (2001: 186) about this masonry being transitional from his pseudo-ashlar to orthostate styles. He misquotes Barber (Nelson 2001: 67, n. 165) concerning the block; it was found built into the remains of the first mansion, not the last and Darcque (2005: 95) points out that a total of eight such blocks were found incorporated into Mansion I and II.

7) the Ramp House, Tsountas House, Petsas House, and the Houses Outside the Citadel, appear between LH IIIA and early LH IIIB (Nichoria: Nichoria II, 433–43; Mycenae: Darcque 2005: plans 27, 31, 39–40, 102–3). The special nature of some of these structures is now well understood and includes workshops for producing perfumed oils, carving of ivory, and possibly storage of pottery (Shelmerdine 1985; Tournavitou 1995; 1997a, 1997b). 10 Beginning in LH IIIA Mycenaean pottery achieves a high degree of uniformity (Furumark 1941: 101–8, 504–5, 511, 521; Mountjoy 1986; 11–18, 63, 169).

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