Greece – Civilizations, The Mycenaeans

I wrote this short little essay for a quiz and thought it was thought provoking. 

Question: In the period around 1200 B.C.E in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean region, what seems to have happened?
 Scholars are not really certain what truly happened during this time. The evidence however indicates great destruction began at the hands of foreign invaders. Some believe they were nomadic tribes from north and east of Anatolia and Syria. The Egyptians believed they were bands of marauders, men from the northern lands. They called them “peoples of the sea”. The Egyptians were also attacked around 1208 (and other times) though they survived the attacks.

 We do know one by one the great palaces were consumed by fires and they simply vanished by the end of the Twelfth century. In less than two generations most of the towns associated with the palaces were either abandoned or destroyed as well. There was no more order only turbulence. Most of the towns never recovered and were lost forever. Others were able to enjoy a brief resurgence only to be attacked once again. Athens is the only town that avoided destruction though severely depleted of its population. Troy was also a victim of this great destruction. Scholars commonly believe the Mycenaeans were a part of this band of attackers known as “the sea people”. There is no proof of this however. There is a possibility in my opinion, the Mycenaeans in charge of the ships for trade and protection turned on their people and attacked their own people for their own benefit with the other “sea people”.

 The people or what was then considered the Mycenaeans are thought to have dispersed to the four winds of the region and effectively what was once a grand civilization of Mycenaeans disappeared. Perhaps they migrated into other cultures throughout Europe since we do not have any further proof of those people ever existing outside of their original civilization.


College begins, again

I returned to classes today. After parking I walked to Morrill Hall and started wandering around. I had time to spare before I went upstairs to my classroom. Eventually I walked up the stairs and found my room. 

There was another class finishing up when I arrived. The professor was hanging around with us too. He is not what I expected in my “mind’s eye”. According to the style he wrote the syllabus, I figured he was about 40-45, short hair, studious, yet smart. 

He could not have been any farther from that. He’s a large man, (tall and broad not heavy set) with a long beard. He’s friendly, a bit odd, but fun to be around. He does not believe in punishing students who can’t make a class. Everyone gets points regardless of attendance or  full participation. For example, if you only submit a quiz that is partially or even totally blank, you still get 40% of the grade. 

The class itself, Classical Greece Civilizations, is fascinating to me. I have always wanted to learn about Greece/Greek history. 

Each class we will write a little of something, feedback,comments or something related to our topic for the class discussion. We are awarded seven points for that. He reads the notes, responds with feedback and said it is a way to get to know us. I like that, it’s different. 

We will have a group project, something new he said. That should be interesting. I am not the oldest person in the class. There is a lady about moms age I the class as well. I did talk with a young lady, obviously younger than I but with some experience. She was friendly and has had this professor a few times. 

All in all it was an interesting and fun evening. I am looking forward to this class.