From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
The Mycenaeans are among the world's earliest-known civilizations and the first great civilization of ancient Greece. This collection of resources compares the mythological narratives surrounding the Mycenaeans, written by the epic poet Homer, to the real-life archaeological evidence for their existence. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
Geography impacts a civilization's ability to communicate and unify
Centralization allows for culture to flourish and disseminate
Oral history and tradition perpetuate cultural norms and religion
Societal celebrations and norms can glorify and support warfare
Political structure influences the economic stratification of a society
Democratic systems value the rights and opinions of citizens
Internal rivalry leads to competitive rather than collaborative systems
Art and architecture depict society's values and histories
Philosophy, or the love of wisdom, contributes to the betterment of society through academic research, reasoning, and discovery
Strong leadership leads to success of political and military campaigns
Cultural diffusion can lead to romanticism of past civilizations and culture
What role did Homer's epics play in ancient Greek culture? Why do you think those works were so influential?
Why was Heinrich Schliemann's discovery so significant? How did it change modern understanding of the Mycenaeans?
How did Mycenaean rulers build and express their power? What was the place of warfare in Mycenaean society?