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Mycenae

Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about...

Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 11 kilometres (7 miles) to the south; Corinth, 48 kilometres (30 miles) to the north. From the hill on which the palace was located, one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf.

In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its height in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.

The Acropolis of Mycenae
The ruins of the Mycenaean Acropolis themselves are a delight. The awe inspiring "Lion Gates" (the earliest known piece of monumental sculpture in the European continent) take you to the interior of the acropolis, and a steep path leads your climb through several ancient buildings and pathways, towards the palace where Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover after he returned victorious from the Trojan war.
One of the most impressive features of the citadel is the Grave Circle A which contains six royal shaft graves. It is located just inside the Lion Gates to the right, and it contrasts beautifully with the angular designs of all the other adjasent structures. A great number of Ktismata (objects buried alongside the dead) and gold death masks were unearthed from this grave site and they are now exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. All that remains today of the acropolis are the building foundations, and the immense wall that crowns the top of the hill.
Nothing around the site remains today to speak of the human dramas that have taken place three thousand years ago on this bold hill. The ruinous walls remain silent about how an entire civilization managed to dominate from such desolate rock, and how events twisted and escalated to the point where a mighty coalition of city-states set sail for Troy and fought for years before they were able to call themselves victorious. There is an eerie silence about the place that fails to speak of the tragedy that unfolded in the heart of the palace and found Agamemnon - the mighty leader of the Greeks against the Trojans - murdered by his wife and her lover.
During my visit, I looked around the Mycenaean Acropolis and saw ruins scarred by the weather for eons. I saw a dry desolate hill crowned by the skeletons of ancient palaces and courts, embraced by impregnable cyclopean walls, and royal buildings crashed under the mighty weight of history. I looked around the acropolis at Mycenae and did not see spectacular buildings, or art, or engineering marvels. I just saw a simple accumulation of humble stones on top of a rocky hill that stoicaly continue their trip towards the entropy which comes with time.
Once in Mycenae, you must visit the "Treasury of Atreus" which is a site on another hill opposite the palace just beyond the general parking lot. It is easily accessible from the road and many people opt to walk from one place to the other.
The Treasury of Atreus is a beautiful Tholos Tomb, and is also known as the "Tomb of Agamemnon". It was built around 1250 BC, and it is an impressive monument worth visiting. You can enter by showing the ticket you bought at Mycenae. The size of the tomb and the masonry work is awe inspiring. Despite its name, no treasures were found in the tomb as it has been pillaged in ancient times, but there is one item that could not be stolen: the tomb's aesthetic awe inspiring appearance.

 

 

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