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Unit 4 : Minoans and Mycenaeans

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Primary Source Readings and Images:


Plato's allegory of Atlantis


Santorini volcano - BBC video


The Ancient World:  Timelines and Maps - Metropolitan Museum of Art


Minoan Culture - timeline    and    exhibit  


Virtual Tour Mycenae on Flickr



Textbook Reading Assignment:

                Exploring the Humanities, Adams “The Aegean World,”  p 64-81. 

Key Terms: Ashlaraulos, capital, chthonic, citadel, corbel, courses, cyclopaean masonry, dromos, fresco, libation, Linear A & B, megaron, lintel, rhyton, thalassocracy, tholos, trilogy.

Primary Sources/Readings 7:    (from Edith Hamilton’s Mythology)

                                “Demeter and Baccus” and “Hades and Persephone” – Part One, Chapter 2

                                The Bull Myths:  Prometheus and Io, and Europa, -Part One, Ch 4 .

                                Daedalus and Icarus, Ch 4.

                                “Baucis and Philemon” Part Two, Ch 2, and “Daedalus”, Part Two, Ch 4.

                                And web document:

Heroditus on King Minos of Crete:  http://www.historywiz.com/primarysources/herodotusonminos.html


Additional websites for supplemental POI research:

Minoans Exhibit:  http://www.historywiz.com/minoancrete.htm   Rooms at the Temple of Knossos: The Throne Room, Hall of Double Axes, The Dolphin Sanctuary, The Royal Villa, The Grand Staircase, The Caravanserai, The Bull Chamber, The Temple Tomb, The Storerooms, The Minoan People, Architecture, Engineering, Diet, Clothing, Palace reconstruction, Linear A, Sea Power, Disappearance of Minoan culture.

Boxing Boys fresco, The Fisherman fresco, The Dolphin Sanctuary at Knossos, Queen’s room, Garden frescos, Minoan pottery, The Harvester Vase, Marine style, jewelry-gold, The Prince of Lilies fresco, Blue Monkeys fresco, Safron Gatherers, Minoan Procession http://www.historywiz.com/minoanart.htm


Primary Sources/Readings 8:  (from Sources, Images… - Sherman)

                “The End of the Mycenaean World” essay by Frank J. Frost

                “Dionysus” The Golden Bough, Frazer, p 450 – 456.

“The Animal-Groom Cycle of Fairy Tales,”  The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim, p 277 -310. 

Web Source Reading - Plutarch on the Life of Theseus: http://www.historywiz.com/primarysources/plutarchtheseus.html

Source: Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives, John Dryden, trans., (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1910)

Article: “Bronze AgeTroy Just Keeps Growing” http://heritage-key.com/blogs/ann/project-troia-bronze-age-troy-just-keeps-growing 


Additional websites for supplemental POI research:

The Mycenaeans- Long Haired Achaeans Exhibit: http://www.historywiz.com/mycenaean-mm.htm

The Mycenaeans Primary Source Images Linear B, Mycenae, Excavations-Grave Circle A, Trojan War connections, Fall of Mycenae- Lion’s Gate, quote from tablet- palace at Pylos. : Mycenaean ladies riding a chariot, lion rhyton, Octopus jar, gold cup (bull), gold diadem, Mask of Agamemnon, gold covering for child, inlaid dagger  http://www.historywiz.com/myc-images.htm

Webquest:  Take a virtual tour of the Troia Project:  http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/troia/vr/vr0201_en.html

Images of Troy ruins http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/Classics/roman_provinces/turkey/image59.htm


           Who wrote The Iliad?  Did Homer? 

           Much of what we know of the Trojan War is what Homer left out. 

           Who is Briseis?

            Who was Thetis? 


Extras, just for fun:

Mycenae scene from Time Bandits

Video - Destruction of Theros video

Sinking Atlantis


Nat Geo:  Eruption at Theros 

Destruction of Minoan culture


Brittany Hughes  The Minoans 







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