Mycenaean Kingdoms      
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MYCENAE LINKS:
Significant Event:
    Trireme Battleships
    Trojan War (1194-1184 BC)

Main Cities: Mycenae; Pylos; Tiryns
Time: 2000-1200 BC
Language: Greek; Linear B
Personage: Agamemnon
Religion: Mycenaean Gods
Related Country: Greece

Brief History:
      I have included only a few items concerning the history of these kingdoms. A good source for more details can be found on Wikipedia or in history books.

Map of Mycenaean Kingdoms
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HISTORICAL NOTES:
      Mycenaean cities traded with the Minoans on modern Crete, who exerted a major influence on the Helladic period of ancient Greece. In contrast to the trade-seeking Minoans, Mycenaean warriors sought to conquer other people and seize their wealth. Circa 1400 BC, a volcano erupted on Thera, causing tidal waves and earthquakes that devastated many Minoan sites. Opportunistic Mycenaeans extended control over Minoan territory.

      Mycenaeans also attacked Troy, a city-state rival that controlled a key trade route to the Black Sea. Other fortress city-states included Argos, Gla, Iolcos (city-state where the Argonauts returned), Orchomenos, and Tiryns. The Bronze-Age Mycenaean culture collapsed from pressure by Dorian Greeks and resulted in a Dark Age from 1200 to 750 BC.

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