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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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308: The authors of the "Thebais" say that Manto the daughter of Teiresias was sent to Delphi by the Epigoni as a first fruit of their spoil, and that in accordance with an oracle of Apollo she went out and met Rhacius, the son of Lebes, a Mycenaean by race.
He had picked up a trifle, he said, which was rather a curiosity, it was an ancient Greek dagger of the Mycenaean Epoch, and might well have been worn in the time of Theseus and Hippolyta.
Dan begins receiving visions of himself serving in the army of King Agamemnon during the Mycenaean Greek siege of the Hittite city of Troy.
In a similar vein, when addressing the myth of Electra, Sophocles characterises the Mycenaean Queen as a tyrant, an evil-minded creature, and a model of moral vice, consolidating the vast mythical tradition of misogyny, aversion and demonisation against Agamemnon's wife.
History plays a very important role when touring Cyprus, which is like an open-air museum, packed with exhibits bearing visible traces of the various empires that occupied the land in succession since prehistoric times - from the Mycenaean Greeks who drilled the island's Greek foundations to the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans and the British, from whom Cyprus received full independence in 1959.
Perhaps careful investigation might have changed the outcome of the Trojan War, a mythical protracted, bloody Bronze Age conflict pitting the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenaean Greece against one another.
It is one of the highlights of a major exhibition on Mycenaean culture, one of Europe's earliest civilizations.The Schloss Karlsruhe Museum is hosting the largest exhibition ever held on Mycenaean Greece's cultural history.
Take the case of the late Bronze Age civilization known as the Mycenaean. Based in the Peloponnese peninsula of what is now Greece, this civilization built monumental palaces at sites such as Mycenae and Tiryns, and its tombs were found to be filled with glorious golden treasures (now mostly on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens).
In this article, I aim to reconstruct "death histories" (per Geller 2012) in a case study of Late Bronze Age (Mycenaean) tombs.
The labrys was an apotropaic sign used throughout the Mycenaean world to protect against death.
SilverAEs conclusions are based on evidence sourcing from various genresutragedy, comedy, novel, epic, myth, forensic, epigraphic, onomastic, and iconographic from different periods, primarily Classical, but also Archaic, Hellenistic, and Mycenaean, and cultures, especially Roman, but also the ancient Near East.
Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid, though archaeology has borne out the myth that the sacred site was older even than the Mycenaean city of Argos since Lerna was the site of myth of the Danaids.