The Masks of Mycenae

Superb, is it not? Reblogged to my WordPrewss Blog, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae, where I am teaching folks how to read Linear B & am developing a Progressive Grammar & Vocabulary of Linear B, an entirely new approach to the syllabary. Richard

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Agamamnon's Mask

Of all the treasures I’ve laid eyes on in my life, none have fascinated me more than the five Mycenaean gold masks at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The museum is home to thousands of spectacular treasures, but the gold masks are the stars. Heinrich Schliemann discovered the masks in 1876, while excavating in Mycenae, Greece. Three of the gold masks were discovered in Grave IV and two in Grave V.

Schliemann claimed that the mask above was that of Agamemnon, the antagonist in Homer’s Epic, The Iliad. However, current research indicates that the mask was made from 1550 – 1500 BC, long before the time of Agamemnon.

Historians have pointed out several reasons why the mask of Agamemnon may be a fraud, or at the very least may have been altered. If you compare the mask above to the four other masks found at Mycenae, you will notice several significant differences. First of all…

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