The Early Aegean Age
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?
- Overview: Mycenaeans
- Outlines: Outline
- Transcripts: Transcript
- Lesson: Introduction
- Lesson: 1-Influence of Greece's Geography
- Lesson: 2-Homeric Values
- Lesson: 3-Archaeological Evidence
- Lesson: 4-Decline and Legacy
- Lesson: Closing
- Photos & Illustrations: Mycenae: Krater of the Warriors
- Photos & Illustrations: Mycenae: Lion Gate
- Photos & Illustrations: Mycenae: northern fortifications
- Photos & Illustrations: Mycenae: royal tombs
- Reference Articles: Mycenaeans
- Biographies: Homer
- Biographies: Schliemann, Heinrich
- Cultural Documents: Homer: Iliad Book I, Achilles and Agamemnon quarrel (ca. 750 BCE)
"Mycenaeans." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2158308. Accessed 23 Aug. 2019.
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