Feasting at the Palaces of Mycenae and Pylos: Spatial Considerations and the Manipulation of Ideological Power

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Title:
Feasting at the Palaces of Mycenae and Pylos: Spatial Considerations and the Manipulation of Ideological Power
Author:
Alberti, Lauren
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Feasting has always been an important cultural activity in the Aegean Bronze Age; however, it is during the Mycenaean period in the Late Bronze Age when feasting appears to facilitate the elites' hold and manipulation of the social hierarchy. At this time, the palatial centers were the political, economic, and religious seats of the Mycenaean world, used to host particular feasting events tied to religious ritual. The feast was a dynamic event that associated the elite with religious ritual in the form of a procession and sacrifice as the iconography of the Pylian frescoes, textual evidence from the Linear B tablets, and archaeological evidence suggests. These events, for the most part, seem to have been inclusive while certain parts were more selective regarding who could participate. This further distinguished the Mycenaean elites in front of a wider audience of individuals and subjects attending the feast and associated events, working to maintain stability in the social hierarchy. The built environment was particularly important for distinguishing those participating in feasting events as it added to the event's grandeur with the monumentality of the space, and restricted those able to participate with regard to smaller locales that had a low capacity and narrower entryways preventing accessibility. With Mycenae and Pylos as case studies, this research uses spatial analyses to see how inclusive potential feasting locales were.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Classics
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Classics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hasaki, Eleni; Voyatzis, Mary

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dc.titleFeasting at the Palaces of Mycenae and Pylos: Spatial Considerations and the Manipulation of Ideological Poweren_US
dc.creatorAlberti, Laurenen
dc.contributor.authorAlberti, Laurenen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractFeasting has always been an important cultural activity in the Aegean Bronze Age; however, it is during the Mycenaean period in the Late Bronze Age when feasting appears to facilitate the elites' hold and manipulation of the social hierarchy. At this time, the palatial centers were the political, economic, and religious seats of the Mycenaean world, used to host particular feasting events tied to religious ritual. The feast was a dynamic event that associated the elite with religious ritual in the form of a procession and sacrifice as the iconography of the Pylian frescoes, textual evidence from the Linear B tablets, and archaeological evidence suggests. These events, for the most part, seem to have been inclusive while certain parts were more selective regarding who could participate. This further distinguished the Mycenaean elites in front of a wider audience of individuals and subjects attending the feast and associated events, working to maintain stability in the social hierarchy. The built environment was particularly important for distinguishing those participating in feasting events as it added to the event's grandeur with the monumentality of the space, and restricted those able to participate with regard to smaller locales that had a low capacity and narrower entryways preventing accessibility. With Mycenae and Pylos as case studies, this research uses spatial analyses to see how inclusive potential feasting locales were.en
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dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
dc.subjectClassicsen
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineClassicsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorHasaki, Elenien
dc.contributor.advisorVoyatzis, Maryen
dc.contributor.committeememberChristopherson, Garyen
dc.contributor.committeememberRomano, Daviden
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