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By Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

This e-book is the main basic reinterpretation of historic Greek background, tradition, and society in thirty years. The authors refute the conventional view of the Greek darkish Age with facts of a gradual development from Mycenaean kingship to the notion of aristocratic the Aristocracy within the Archaic period.

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By LH I substantial architectural remains indicate the establishment of monumental structures and a formal gateway, which in the next period (LH  . 1a Plan of the LH I houses at Tsoungiza, EU 7, drawing by the author. 1b Plan of Malthi, level III, adapted from Valmin 1938, pl. 3. 3 This disposition in Messenia towards centralised defensible and planned settlement that incorporates monumentalised burials signifies that ascendant lineages were consolidating their dominance at strategic locations.

34 (a)       23 dates reflect the diffusion of this type of building by Mycenaeans during the period when they were expanding their control over the islands and Crete; a period presumably by consolidation of the palace centres. Building during LH IIIA1 is marked by the widespread appearance of monumental plans, elaborate architectural craftsmanship, and the beginning of decorative programs. 9 Mycenaean fresco painting also flourishes at this time when programmatic scenes are first applied in the palaces, many borrowing heavily from Minoan traditions (Lang 1969: 221–4; Immerwahr 1990: 106–13, 110–11; Shaw 1980, 1996, 1997).

7b Tsountas House, Mycenae, adapted from Hiesel 1990. 7c Houses Outside the Citadel, drawing by author (a)       25 154–6; Schallin 1996: 170–3; Messenia: Davis et al. 1997: 420–1; Bennet 1999, 2001). The achievement of this level of socio-political integration marks the emergence of the first state-level polities on the Mainland, yet the evidence of continuing regional variation highlights the extent to which these peer polities of the Mainland, while sharing salient cultural traits, also competed with each other in their display.

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