Cover picture: Reconstruction of the Archive Room at Pylos, painted by Henry Hankey.
Join us on zoom on November 13th for the fourteenth of our 2020 #EOTalks series! This event will feature Dimitri Nakassis, who will talk about Orientalism and the Myceneans.
by Dimitri Nakassis
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Although the decipherment of Linear B as Greek in 1952 confirmed for some the essential unity of Hellenic prehistory and history, for others it illustrated the sharp break between the Bronze and Iron Ages. Moses Finley in particular argued vociferously that “Mycenaean society… was not Greek” “in any significant or proper sense,” and his interpretation has become historical orthodoxy, especially but not exclusively in Anglophone scholarship. In this paper, I examine the arguments deployed by Finley and his intellectual successors, and I argue that the underlying narrative is entirely Orientalist sensu Saïd.
Dimitri Nakassis is professor and chair of the department of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is author of Individuals and Society in Mycenaean Pylos (Brill 2013) and co-director of the Western Argolid Regional Project and the Pylos Tablets Digital Project.
Nov. 13th 2020, 1pm Toronto time/EST. The whole event shall last about 1hour (c.30 min talk followed by q&a).
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D. Jew, R. Osborne, and M. Scott (editors), M.I. Finley: An Ancient Historian and his Impact (Cambridge 2016).
K. Vlassopoulos, Unthinking the Greek Polis (Cambridge 2007).