Friday 6 November 2009

Kostas Georgakopoulos
University of Liverpool

Minoan Crete, Asia Minor and the Hittite kingdom during the 15th and the beginning of the 14th century B.C.
Research into the contacts between the Aegean and Asia Minor during the Late Bronze Age have often centred around the so-called Ahhiyawa Question and, generally, Mycenaean activities in the islands of the eastern Aegean and the opposite shores. Many scholars of Aegean archaeology have paid much attention to these relations and useful information has resulted. These contacts took place from the 14th century B.C. onward as can be seen from both the archaeological and archival material. However, relatively little is known from the previous period.
Recent archaeological finds from various sites of Crete and Asia Minor, as well as the re-evaluation and interpretation of older theories form a new context for the study of the relations between the two areas during the 15th and the beginning of the 14th century B.C. In this paper the archaeological data, which reveal high levels of contacts and cultural exchange, will be discussed, while at the same time linguistic evidence related to Aegean names that appear in archival sources from the Hittite kingdom and Pharaonic Egypt will be highlighted. Moreover, some of the topics that will be examined are whether the agents of the Minoan culture and the Hittites knew each other and if the Egyptians of the beginning of the 14th century B.C. were familiar with the political situation in the Aegean.
In conclusion, there will be a review of the period which corresponded to the fall of Minoan supremacy and the rise of Mycenaean power in the Aegean as indicated by the archaeological data and the archival material.


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Friday 12 May 18.30

M. Marthari
Raos on Thera...