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At the Crossroads of History and Myth: The Great Mycenaean Kingdoms

George E. Mylonas Lecture in Classical Art and Archaeology

With Michael L. Galaty, director and curator of European and Mediterranean archaeology, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, and professor of anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Exciting archaeological discoveries in the past 150 years have unearthed the great palaces of the Mycenaean world, immortalized in Homer’s Iliad. These palaces stand at the crossroads between myth and historical reality and offer a glimpse into some of the earliest states in Western civilization. Traditionally, Mycenaean states were thought to be small and independent but connected through their art, society, and culture. This view has been challenged by recent archaeological work, which suggests that the Mycenaean world was politically unified and formed a single kingdom stretching over a large part of Greece. This lecture will assess the implications that this assumption has for today’s world, in which some nations seek to grow at the expense of others, whereas others seek to separate and thereby shrink.

Tickets for this program may be reserved in person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum.

For information about the Museum’s safety protocols, visit slam.org/covid-19-response.

Presented in partnership with the Hellenic Government–Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, University of Missouri–St. Louis; the Departments of Classics and Art History and Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis; and the Classical Club of St. Louis.

Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Saint Louis Art Musem, Farrell Auditorium 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

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Lectures, Seminars and Presentations

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General Public




$3 service fee when booked through MetroTix. Free when tickets are requested at the museum.

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