Minos and Mycenae: The Aegean Bronze Age
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On successful completion you will be able to
- Recognise key artefacts and sites representing the Minoan and Mycenaean societies of the Greek Bronze Age.
- Explain the chronology and geography of the eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age world.
- Understand the cultural, social, and political evolution of the Greek Bronze Age in its broader Mediterranean context.
- Outline the history of Greek Bronze Age archaeology, identifying key approaches used by archaeologists in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
- Actively participate in discussions about the society, economy and religion of the Greek Bronze Age.
- Locate, analyse and synthesize a range of primary and secondary source materials related to the study of the Greek Bronze Age, including material evidence, ancient texts, and modern scholarship.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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This unit explores the era of the palace-based states in the Aegean during the Bronze Age (c.3000 BC – c.1100 BC). These are the dramatic years of Greek prehistory which the poet Hesiod famously described as the ‘Age of Heroes’, whose legends were recounted in Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey. This unit critically examines the rich archaeological evidence, beginning with the emergence of complex societies in the Cyclades and Crete and the creation of the Minoan palace civilization with its most prestigious site of Knossos. Then follows a critical study of the rise of competing states on the Greek mainland including Mycenae, Tiryns, and Pylos. The Linear B script will also be explored for the information it provides concerning the Late Bronze Age Mycenaean society.
- Participation in online tutorial activities (20%)
- Online quizzes (30%)
- Artefact study (20%)
- Research essay (30%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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