The Tomb of Agamemnon

The Tomb of Agamemnon

by Cathy Gere
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The Tomb of Agamemnon by Cathy Gere

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Mycenae, the fabled city of Homer's King Agamemnon, still stands in a remote corner of mainland Greece. Revered in antiquity as the pagan world's most tangible connection to the heroes of the Trojan War, Mycenae leapt into the headlines in the late nineteenth century when Heinrich Schliemann announced that he had opened the Tomb of Agamemnon and found the body of the hero smothered in gold treasure. Now Mycenae is one of the most haunting and impressive archaeological sites in Europe, visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

From Homer to Himmler, from Thucydides to Freud, Mycenae has occupied a singular place in the western imagination. As the backdrop to one of the most famous military campaigns of all time, Agamemnon's city has served for generation after generation as a symbol of the human appetite for war. As an archaeological site, it has given its name to the splendors of one of Europe's earliest civilizations: the Mycenaean Age. In this book, historian of science Cathy Gere tells the story of these extraordinary ruins--from the Cult of the Hero that sprung up in the shadow of the great burned walls in the eighth century bc, to the time after Schliemann's excavations when the Homeric warriors were resurrected to play their part in the political tragedies of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13: 9780674021709
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2006
Series: Wonders of the World Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cathy Gere is Associate Professor of the History of Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The electronic version of this book does not have images. The frequent notes to "refer to the printed version of this book for images" is horrible for a book about archeological artifacts.