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Unformatted text preview: August 31, 2007 The Mycenaen Palaces Peak of Power (1500-1300) o Relationship with Minoans Adopt same society Take over and refurbish Linear A = Linear B o Palaces Minoan model Similar: re-distributive economy, architecture, administration Different: smaller, defense-conscious, use of space (megaron) Centralized administration Linear B = earliest Greek language (~1500 BCE) Syllabry, purely administrative Decoded by Ventris Display power (intimidation factor) o Major site: Knossos, Pylos, Sparta, Tiryns, Mycenae, Argos, Athens, Thebes Interaction among palace centers Evidence Organization, architecture, Linear B Against: tablets dont mention palaces outside own providence Palace Soceity (generalization) o Social structure Deduced from Linear B and organization, distribution of wealth Incomplete records Hierarchical (Ex: fortifications) o Officials Wanax priest/king, head of palace Lawagetas head of court, military...
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- Fall '07