Exploring funerary landscapes is essential to understand cultural and social changes that took place on the Greek Mainland from the Middle Helladic to the Late Helladic period. The shaft graves at Mycenae and the tholos tombs in Messenia have mainly focused attention on the Peloponnese.
AEGEAN LECTURES | 2017
In the historic period, ancient Greeks placed great emphasis on the importance of burial of the dead. The άταφοι, or unburied dead, were thought to wander the earth, unable to enter Hades. Some categories of the dead also were viewed as potentially more dangerous to the living, and required special burial or unusual deposition.
The discovery, in 1999, of a large new group of wall paintings from the Mycenaean palace of Tiryns has sparked, almost a century after Rodenwaldt’s seminal publication on its painted decoration, a renewed interest in this group of material.