The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero

Profile Books Limited, 2007 - 208 σελίδες
From Homer to Himmler, from Thucydides to Freud, Mycenae has occupied a singular place in the western imagination. Gere takes us from the Cult of the Hero that sprung up in the shadow of the great burned walls in the eighth century BC, to Agamemnon's twentieth-century reincarnation as an Aryan military genius and to the distinctly anti-heroic conclusions of modern archaeology. The Wonders of the World is a series of books that focuses on some of the world's most famous sites or monuments. Their names will be familiar to almost everyone: they have achieved iconic stature and are loaded with a fair amount of mythological baggage. These monuments have been the subject of many books over the centuries, but our aim, through the skill and stature of the writers, is to get something much more enlightening, stimulating, even controversial, than straightforward histories or guides.

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The tomb of Agamemnon

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When Heinrich Schliemann incorrectly identified in 1876 one of the shaft graves at Mycenae as the "tomb of Agamemnon," he revived a myth first created by the eighth-century B.C. inhabitants of the ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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Cathy Gere is a lecturer in the History of Science at the University of Chicago. She has published on a wide range of topics from witchcraft to brain banking. Her book on Knossos in Crete is forthcoming.

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