Reading Questions: Neils, The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece, chapters 1-3. [NB the map, timeline, and glossary beginning on p. 178] 1. What role did the Romans play in handing down Greek culture to modern times? What do you think our understanding of ancient Greek society and art would be different if the Romans hadn?t performed this mediating role? 2. How are Greek vases useful for learning about ancient Greek life? 3. What drove Schliemann to pursue archaeology? What kind of evidence did he and, later, Arthur Evans, find? What effect did these discoveries have upon our understanding of ancient history? 4. What particular traits distinguish the Cycladic and Minoan cultures? What kind of evidence have they left behind? 5. What sort of evidence exists for palaces and for palace economies on Minoan and Mycenaean Crete? How do these systems work? Do you think you would like to live and work in a palatial redistributive system? How would such a system compare to economic systems prevalent nowadays? 6. As far as we can tell, what kind of gods and worship did the Minoans have? What evidence has been found linking Bronze Age Crete with later myths concerning Theseus and the labyrinth? 7. What is the difference between Linear A and Linear B scripts? What sorts of things are recorded on Linear B tablets, and what larger picture do these paint for us? 8. What are the major Mycenaean centers? What became of them at the end of the Bronze Age? 9. What does the Uluburun wreck tell us about late Bronze Age trade? 10. How have Lefkandi (and sites like it) illuminated some of the Greek ?dark age? for us? What about the burials at the great house of Lefkandi seem particularly ?heroic?? 11. How and when was the Greek alphabet most likely developed?
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