Volume 51, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573




*Dit artikel is geschreven ter ere van het 25 jaar bestaan van Labrys reizen. Duidelijk moge zijn dat de activiteiten van Labrys in een lange traditie van reizen staan. Hopelijk kunnen zij deze nog lang blijven voortzetten.

visitors to Mycenae, which will include many classicists, are likely to wonder in amazement at the enormous stone blocks which were piled up to construct the enclosure walls, and may well pause at the Lion Gate to imagine Agamemnon leaving the citadel on his fateful journey to Troy. Modern tourists are but the most recent of generations of travelers who have made their way to this celebrated site since Antiquity. All of these visitors need to find a way to connect their mythological knowledge to the physical remains which they encounter. This article explores the tensions that exist between literary and mythical, and archaeological and material perspectives on ancient Mycenae. By examining the various ways in which visitors have attempted to make sense of the site we aim to provide a more nuanced archaeological interpretation of the ruins and their settings. We argue that meanings emerge from the interplay of mythologies and archaeological remains which are actively connected to each other.


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