|Publication Date||October 24, 2017|
From Homer to Himmler, from Thucydides to Freud, Mycenae has occupied a singular place in the western imagination. As the backdrop to one of the more famous military campaigns of all time, Agamemnon's city has served for generation after generation as a symbol of the human appetite for war. As an archaeological site, it has given its name to the splendours of one of Europe's earliest civilisations: the Mycenaean Age. In this fascinating book, Cathy Gere tells the story of this extraordinary place - from the Cult of the Hero that sprung up in the shadow of the great burned walls in the eighth century BC, to Agamemnon's twentieth-century reincarnation as an Aryan military genius, to the distinctly anti-heroic conclusions of modern archaeology.