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also My·ce·ne·an  (mī′sə-nē′ən)
1. Of or relating to Mycenae or its inhabitants.
2. Of, relating to, or being the Aegean civilization that spread its influence from Mycenae to many parts of the Mediterranean region from about 1580 to 1120 bc.
3. Of, relating to, or being the archaic dialect of Greek written in the Linear B script.
1. A native or inhabitant of Mycenae.
2. Mycenaean Greek.


1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants
2. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the Aegean civilization of Mycenae (1400 to 1100bc)


or My•ce•ne•an

(ˌmaɪ sɪˈni ən)

1. of or pertaining to ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants.
2. denoting or pertaining to the ancient civilization at Mycenae, dating from c2000 to c1100 b.c.
a. a native or inhabitant of ancient Mycenae.
b. a Greek of the Mycenaean period.


Belonging to a Bronze Age culture in mainland Greece, the Greek islands, and Asia Minor, centered on the city of Mycenae.
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Adj.1.Mycenaean - of or relating to or characteristic of ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants; "Mycenaean bronzes"
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a period when two remarkable civilizations arose in ancient Anatolia: the Mesopotamian-influenced Hattian civilization in central and southeastern Anatolia and the Mycenean settlement of Troy in northwestern Anatolia.
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However, as Rowe said of the entrance, it appears reminiscent of the Lion Gate, Mycenae, or its neighbour Agamemnon's Tomb: 'It is a frontal and enclosing presence, Cyclopean and Mycenean.
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While there is some dispute about the origin of the name Dionysus some commentators suggesting that the cult arrive from Anatolia (present day Turkey) or Libya, Ethiopia, or Arabia, Dionysus' name is found on ancient syllabary tablets in Mycenean Linear B script which predated the Greek alphabet by several hundreds of years.
Further proof is furnished by the fact that the characteristic pottery of these new cities in Northwest Arabia consists of locally made copies of the typical Mycenean pottery of the LB period.
In ancient Mesoamerican, Egyptian, Mycenean Greek, and Chinese societies, for example, elites learned and employed the newly developed system of writing to entrench the power gap between themselves and the uneducated bourgeoisie classes.
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