The author traces the origins of religion through common historical paths in China, classical-period Greece, India, Israel, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and Mesopatamia, as well as examples from Anatolia, Persia, Minoan, Mycenaean Greece
, North America, South America, and Syria-Canaan.
The Roman Empire lasted more than 400 years before collapsing, and there have been many other prosperous, long-lasting civilizations that have failed, like the Han Dynasty, Hittite Empire, and Mycenaean Greece
The topics includematerial concerns and colonial encounters, migrant drinkingassemblages in Aegean Bronze Age settings, the dissemination of ritualpractices and their material correlates in ceremonial architecturefrom Minoan Crete to Mycenaean Greece
and beyond, the role of theCanaanite population in the Aegean migration to the southern Levant inlate second-millennium BCE, and the practical logic of style andmemory in early first millennium Levantine ivories.
The Iliad and the Odyssey, the celebrated ancient Greek epic poems attributed to the blind poet Homer in the eighth century BC, describe some of the gods' antics in Mycenaean Greece
in the twelfth century BC, though the influence of these epics extends to classical Greece and beyond.
begins with a basic dating of Hittite-Abbiyawa relations from the textual material, moves on to briefly discuss the archaeological evidence from that time--in the main pointing out that quite a bit of Mycenaean pottery has been found on the Anatolian west coast--and concludes with an exploration of possible Aniyawan locations and arguments made for or against them: Cilicia, Pamphylia, Crete, Cyprus, Rhodes, and again finally Mycenaean Greece
And from Sumeria to Mycenaean Greece
, accounting developed from a token-based system to an advanced written accounting system utilizing Linear B script (Schmandt-Besserat, 1992; Wood, 1985).