Mycenaean religion

Susan Lupack*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The evidence for the Mycenaean period is different from that for the Minoan in two important respects. First, in general the Mycenaean evidence is not as abundant as it is for the Minoan culture. In light of this, scholars can be dismissive of the evidence presented in this article, thereby giving the impression that not much can be said about Mycenaean religion. However, the body of archaeological material is now not as scanty as is often portrayed and positive information can be gleaned from the sites that have been discovered. When the archaeological evidence is combined with the information provided by the Linear B tablets, a fairly informative picture of Mycenaean religion results. Evidence for communal sacrificial rites has been found on the Kynortion hilltop above Epidauros. The types of bones and the associated pottery indicate that the sacrifices were probably followed by communal feasts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean
Subtitle of host publication(ca. 3000-1000 BC)
EditorsEric H. Cline
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages263-276
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968671
ISBN (Print)9780199873609
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bones
  • Feasts
  • Kynortion
  • Linear B tablets
  • Mycenaean religion
  • Pottery
  • Rites
  • Sacrifices

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