adjective \ˌmī-sə-ˈnē-ən\

Definition of MYCENAEAN

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of Mycenae, its people, or the period (1400 to 1100 b.c. ) of Mycenae's political ascendancy
:  characteristic of the Bronze Age Mycenaean culture of the eastern Mediterranean area
Mycenaean noun

Variants of MYCENAEAN

My·ce·nae·an also My·ce·ni·an \mī-ˈsē-nē-ən\

First Known Use of MYCENAEAN



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a group of warlike Indo-European peoples who entered Greece from the north starting c. 1900 BC and established a Bronze Age culture on the mainland and nearby islands. Their culture was dependent on that of the Minoans of Crete, who for a time politically dominated them. They threw off Minoan control c. 1400 and were dominant in the Aegean until they themselves were overwhelmed by the next wave of invaders c. 1150. Mycenae continued to exist as a city-state into the period of Greek dominance, but by the 2nd century AD it was in ruins. Mycenaean myths and legends lived on through oral transmission into later stages of Greek civilization and form the basis of Homeric epic and Greek tragedy. Their language is believed to be the most ancient form of Greek.


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