Abstract: Not Your Average House: Palaces in the Greek World

Palaces first appeared in the Greek world in the Late Bronze Age, when the Mycenaean Greeks built large administrative and residential complexes on heavily fortifies citadels. For centuries afterwards, palatial architecture was virtually unknown in Greece, with the possible exception of the so-called Peisistratid palace on the western side of the Athenian Agora.  In the fourth century B.C., the Macedonian kings revive the palace as an architectural form, influenced greatly by the palaces of Near Eastern monarchs.

The lecture traces the forms, use, and decoration of the palace in the Greek world from the Late Bronze through the Hellenistic period.  Special attention will be paid to Building F in Athens in order to determine whether or not the building should rightly be identified as a palace.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Inge Nielsen, Hellenistic Palaces: Tradition and Renewal (1999)

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