Mycenaean Civilization

An Annotated Bibliography through 2002, rev. ed.

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About the Book

Classical Greeks considered the Mycenaean civilization to be the basis of their glorious and heroic heritage, but its material existence was not confirmed until the excavations of Heinrich Schliemann in the late nineteenth century. In the ensuing years, as with the field of archaeology in general, emphasis has shifted from revealing monuments and finding treasure to dealing with less glamorous, more scientifically-oriented investigations concerning aspects such as social and political organization, economic functions and settlement patterns. With its more than 2000 entries, this reference work serves as both an introduction to and a summary of the study of ancient Mycenaean civilization. Considerably expanded from the first edition, there are 500 new entries representing materials published since 1991. The largest part of the book is made up of annotated bibliography entries arranged topically with introductory material for each section. The book also includes a general introduction to Mycenaean civilization, a glossary, and author, place and subject indexes.

About the Author(s)

Bryan Feuer is an emeritus lecturer in humanities at California State University, Dominguez Hills. His research interests include the Aegean Bronze Age, archaeological borders, regional analysis, cultural contact and interaction and ceramic analysis. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Italy and the U.S. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California.

Bibliographic Details

Bryan Feuer
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 387
Bibliographic Info: maps, glossary, indexes
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1748-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-2698-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      3

1 MYCENAEN CIVILIZATION: GENERAL WORKS
General Summaries 25
Bibliographies 27
History of Mycenaean Research 29
Biographies 30
Conferences, Symposia and Colloquia 31
Environment 36
Language 40
Chronology 46
Tradition and Historical Evidence 52

2 CULTURAL HISTORY AND SOCIETY
Cultural Evolution and Development 62
Economic Organization 83
Subsistence 113
Demography and Population 119
Physical Anthropology 119
Political Organization 120
External Contacts 133
Religion 159
Social Organization and Structure 180
Settlement Patterns 188

3 MATERIAL CULTURE
Art 196
Architecture 201
Painting 212
Sculpture 218
Pottery 219
Metalwork 240
Lithics 249
Chariots 250
Sealstones 251
Jewelry 256
Amber 258
Faience 259
Glass 259
Ivory 260
Shell 261
Textiles 261
Wood 261

4 INTELLECTUAL LIFE
Linear B 263
Mathematics 279
Medicine 281
Literature 281
Music 282

5 NEW DIRECTIONS 283

6 REGIONAL SYNTHESES AND SITE REPORTS
Gazetteers 287
Regional Syntheses 287
Site Reports 293
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Glossary      343
Author Index      347
Place Name Index      355
Subject Index      362

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “recommended”—ARBA
  • “annotations are thorough…Feuer, a university lecturer who has done a fieldwork in Greece, knows his subject, and it is reflected in this detailed bibliography…useful”—Reference Reviews