Fascinating history for me. I Hope my fellow bloggers also enjoy this post.
A museum collection of Mycenaean bronze weapons. It includes swords (in Linear B: qi-si-po, ξίφος), some of them called ‘phasgana’ (pa-ka-na, φάσγανα), daggers, spearheads, arrowheads etc.
The archaeological evidence and the descriptions of the Homeric Epics (ignoring the symbolic divine interventions and some obvious Later Geometric elements) are the main sources regarding the Mycenaean warfare. In the Greco-Roman world, the Homeric epics were considered fundamental writings on the study of the art of war. Especially the Mycenaean/Achaean palatial tablets from Pylos, Knossos and Mycenae, provide valuable information about the military hierarchy, organization and equipment. These tablets contain public records compiled by the “bureaucrats” of each palace, and reveal that the military organization and the maintenance of the heavier military equipment were controlled by the state. The Mycenaean/Achaean nobles were obliged to provide military equipment and services. The …
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