Mycenae – Not just any Bronze Age Hill Fort

One of our many reasons for being in Nafplio was to visit the rather well known myccenae-lions-on-gateBronze Age hill fort located nearby.  Not just any old Bronze Age hill fort, this one comes with lions over a gate and tales of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra, Orestes, Cassandra and, by association, Paris, Helen, Achilles, Troy, a wooden horse and the rest.  A place of tales and legends.

Mycenae is incredibly old, the hill was briefly occupied in later years, but pretty much everything predates 1200 BC, the bulk of the walls from around 1350 BC and occupation goes much further back.  The location is impressive, as of course is the Lion Gate, and there are some wonderful things in the museum attached to the site.

Unlike Troy which is fascinating in many ways, but confusing, Mycenae pretty much concentrates on the late Bronze Age (Helladic period) Cyclopean walls and the associated palaces and buildings.  These are in all probability consistent with the legends and tales.

We were fortunate, Mycenae can be very crowded at times but when we went it was quiet.  Had we gone when there were organised tours from a cruise ship it would have been very different.

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10 responses to “Mycenae – Not just any Bronze Age Hill Fort

  1. . . now this place HAS to be on the itinerary when next we are up the coast – photos are excellent and a real ‘starter-for-five’!

  2. When I first saw the artifacts above I thought it was Akrotiri in Santorini. especially the fresco! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Akrotiri-lady-with-papyri.jpg

  3. It certainly is not just any old Bronze Age fortress. You are right on there.
    You may be pleased to know that I am teaching & developing a Mycenaean Linear B Progressive Grammar and Vocabulary on my WordPress blog, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae. A place of legends and tales, for certain. Richard

  4. Just for those interested. I am currently learning Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae with Richard Vallance on his WordPress blog. I am so pleased with his teaching and enjoying the course immensely. It is a very enlightening subject.

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