Lesson 1
Theories about the Fall of the Mycenaean World 5
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Prof. Kagan, Donald, CLCV 205, Introduction to Ancient Greek History, Fall 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Classics (Accessed 20/09/2014), http://oyc.yale.edu/classics/clcv-205/lecture-2 License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan explores the earliest history of Greek civilization. He demonstrates how small agricultural enclaves eventually turned into great cities of power and wealth in the Bronze Age, taking as his examples first Minoan Crete and then Mycenaean Greece. He also argues that these civilizations were closely related to the great monarchies of the ancient Near East. Finally, he provides an account of the collapse of the Mycenaean world, and explains how in its aftermath, the Greeks were poised to start their civilization over on a new slate.


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