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Humanities West: Bronze Age Greece

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From 03 Fri May 2019 to 04 Sat May 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4, 2019 Marines' Memorial Theatre

Humanities West: Bronze Age Greece

Humanities West: Bronze Age Greece

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday May 4, 2019 at at 10am
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 2nd Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco 

Humanities West presents: Bronze Age Greece: Mycenaeans and the Origins of Western Civilization

A prehistoric culture from mainland Greece, now called the Mycenaeans, inherited the fabulous brilliance of Minoan Crete. When the Bronze Age collapsed, all signs of state-level society disappeared from Greece, and both Minoans and Mycenaeans disappeared from history. Only their oral tales remained, composed half a millennium later by Homer into the Iliad and the Odyssey, and these have stood ever since like colossi dominating Western literature. Yet most scholars came to assume that Homeric tales and even the society they described largely were fiction. Then a few romantically-minded 19th-century amateur archaeologists (most memorably Heinrich Schliemann) took those tales seriously and those brilliant predecessors of the ancient Greeks exploded from obscurity. Humanities West is delighted to bring the Mycenaeans to you, including the archaeologists who uncovered the latest Mycenaean finds (2017), as this still-young archaeological field continues to deepen our understanding of our Western Civilization.

HUMANITIES WEST transports you across time and around the globe for colorful perspectives on the many sources of our modern cultures. Serving the Bay Area since 1983, our diverse lecture/performance series illuminates people and places at the intersections of history, fine art, the performing arts, social history, politics, and philosophy of the arts. Our unique multidisciplinary approach is designed to entertain and educate the intellectually curious, whether you are an arts lover, scholar, student, travel buff, or life-long learner.

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