Abstract: From Wanax to Basileis: the transformation of Greece from 1200 - 700 BCE


In the period after 1200 BCE, there was no attempt to save or to reconstruct the Mycenaean palatial system. The period after the collapse, however, marks the beginning of significant transformations in Greece. Moreover, by the middle of the next century, many of the aspects of living and dying in Greece have changed completely indicating that important changes took place in the fabric and the character of those communities which survived after the collapse.

Some of these transformations had already started in the post-palatial period during the 12th century and were further crystallized and became more archaeologically visible in the 8th century. In this lecture I will discuss regions and specific sites which played an important role in these cultural and social changes. I will also explore aspects of the burial rites, settlement organisation and cults, as these are illustrated in the rich archaeological record of the period.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

S. Deger-Jalkotzy & Irene. S. Lemos (eds.), Ancient Greece. From the Mycenaean Palaces to the Age of Homer, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh 2006

I. S. Lemos, The Protogeometric Aegean. The archaeology of the late eleventh and tenth centuries BC, Oxford 2002.

O. Dickinson, The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age: continuity and change between the twelfth and eighth centuries BC, London 2006

J. N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece, 2nd edition, London & New York 2003

S. Deger-Jalkotzy, ‘Decline, Destruction, Aftermath, 387-415 in The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age, C. W. Shelmerdine (ed.), Cambridge 2008

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