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2017 AAIA Visiting Professor

17 August @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Professor James C Wright

Professor James C. Wright
American School for Classical Studies at Athens & Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

A Bronze Age specialist, Professor Wright’s primary research is in the evolution of complex societies in the Aegean. This grew out of interests in architecture and urbanism, and led him to explore the social aspects of community formation and maintenance—subjects such as prestige display, mortuary customs, and feasting. He has had a long held interest in ancient Greek architecture, especially as it informed the development of ancient communities and their sanctuaries, the regional character of ancient Greece, and the spread of Hellenic culture.

PUBLIC LECTURE @ Macquarie University

Becoming Mycenaean: the emergence of Mycenaean civilization in Greece

Becoming MycenaeanThis lecture is a survey of evidence from the Middle Bronze Age through the early phases of the Late Bronze (c. 1700-1330 BCE) and explains how Mycenaean civilization developed in relation to its predecessors. It introduces the audience to recent thinking about the rise of Mycenaean civilization during the Late Bronze Age in Greece and explores how mainlanders interacted with people in the Aegean Islands and with the in habitants of the palaces of Crete, especially Knossos. Special emphasis is placed on the rise of small warrior societies at Mycenae and elsewhere on the mainland of Greece. A consideration of Mycenaean rule at Knossos, the invention of the Mycenaean script, Linear B, and the founding of palaces on the mainland of Greece rounds the discussion out.

Thursday August 17, 2.30pm
Museum of Ancient Cultures (X5B) seminar room


17 August
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Museum of Ancient Cultures (X5B) Seminar Room
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The Australian Archaeological Institue at Athens