Rulers of Mycenaean Laconia: New Insights from Excavations at the Palatial Settlement of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta
Adamantia Vasilogamvrou, Chinese Archaeology, 09-09-2013
The Homeric epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, offer an account of the events related to the Trojan War. At the same time, they are an invaluable source of information about the topography of Mycenaean Greece, the Mycenaean polities that flourished during the Late Bronze Age, as well as about the peoples’ ways of life and customs.
The Archaeological research, which started in Greece in the last decades of the 19th century, has located and revealed most of the Late Bronze Age (Late Helladic or Mycenaean era) Palaces (Mycenae, Pylos, Thebes), thus proving the accuracy of the Homeric narration. However, in Laconia, where the Kingdom of Menelaus and his beautiful wife Helen were allegedly, none of the major Mycenaean sites had produced evidence for having served a central administrative/palatial function. Therefore, until recently, the location of the center of Mycenaean Laconia remains unknown.
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