Lecture by Dimitri Nakassis, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology AIA lecture

AIA lecture at Dickinson College

Archaeological Institute of America

Dickinson College is home to the South Pennsylvania Society chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and with the support of the AIA, will host a lecture during the fall semester, 2016.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm, and will be held in Denny Hall, room #317.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

2016-17 Lecture Schedule:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Rethinking the Mycenaean World"

Lecturer:  Dimitri Nakassis, Ph.D.

This lecture proposes a new model for Mycenaean state and society. It has been usual for scholars to imagine the Mycenaean states of Late Bronze Age Greece as highly centralized and hierarchical centers of an elaborate command economy, this picture has been significantly modified by archaeologists who pointed out that the economic and administrative control of the palaces over their territories was incomplete. Dr. Nakassis argues that the administrative documents from Pylos provide evidence that the internal constitution of the Mycenaean state was radically different from the traditional model: instead of a hierarchical ranked structure, a much more fluid picture of elite competition emerges.

Dimitri Nakassis
University of Colorado, Boulder
Department of Classics
Western Argolid Regional Project