The Delayed Development of Athens in the Bronze Age

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dc.contributor.advisor Koh, Andrew Harris, Melanie 2016-05-02T20:12:57Z 2016-05-02T20:12:57Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Evidence of occupation in the area of ancient Athens suggests inhabitants as early as the Paleolithic Age. Athens is commonly associated as the forerunner to much of ancient Greek culture. During the Bronze Age, however, the Mycenaean culture was late to arrive. While other cities were thriving during this stage of the Bronze Age, Athens was slow to develop strongly in their own center. Like Tiryns and Mycenae, Athens fortified the acropolis with extensive walls and internal access to a water supply, possibly in defense of the so-called Dorian invasion. Unlike Tiryns and Mycenae, Athens was apparently able to successfully defend against invasion at this time. A combination of elements, such as the subjugation to Crete, exclusive trade agreements, and the successful focus on defense tactics against the invasion in the late 13th century BCE, created isolation and were, therefore, the major factors of the static development in Bronze Age Athens.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Melanie Harris 2016
dc.subject Bronze Age
dc.subject Athens
dc.subject Mycenaeans
dc.title The Delayed Development of Athens in the Bronze Age
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Graduate Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies MA Masters Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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