2023-2024 Catalog

CLSS 310 The Bronze Age & Homeric World

Seminar on the rediscovered Bronze Age civilizations of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, using the evidence of archaeology, newly deciphered Linear B tablets, and the epic poems of Homer (the Iliad and Odyssey). Emphasis is on the rise of palaces, the organization of a complex society, the nature of slavery, trade and overseas contacts, and religious practices along with consideration of the beliefs, values, culture and institutions of the world depicted in the Homeric poems. [GM1, H, V]