By University of Louisville Professor John R. Hale

Paperback - 2011

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The real Mycenaean treasures are at the National Archaeological Museum at Athens. x Replicas or not, the museum demonstrates the royal power and majesty of Mycenaean kings, the beauty and power of the mother goddess’s votaries, and also how ordinary daily life was lived in the Bronze Age in the ¿rst united Greek state. x One last point of interest lies outside the citadel. Schliemann was wrong about the shaft tombs inside the walls, but outside, dotting the landscape, are a number of tholi that did house the remains of Agamemnon’s dynasty.

Ore was processed and coins were minted in the town of Thorikos. These coins, with Athena on one side and an owl on the other, were nicknamed owls. Athens was the only Greek mainland city that had large supplies of metal ores in its own territory. Be careful as you look down the old mine shafts that go hundreds of feet into the rock. x At the southern tip of Attica, at Cape Sounio, we ¿nd the most spectacular of the Athenian shrines, that of the god Poseidon. Pausanias’s guide to Greece begins with imagining the traveler on a ship seeing the colonnades of the shrine atop these 200-foot cliffs.

She is a mistress of beasts who tames the lionesses and nature itself. x There are post holes on either side of the lintel stone that held pivots on which wooden gates would have turned. Between about chest and waist height on either lintel stone are sockets for the mighty wooden bar that held the gates shut. com/Getty Images/Thinkstock. Lecture 6: Mycenae—Where Kings Planned the Trojan War x Mycenae’s Lion Gate was the only visible landmark at the site when Heinrich Schliemann began digging there in the late 19th century.

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