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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tomb of Agamemnon,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Hardcover)This gorgeous volumne, with its sumptuous gold cover, should be top of the book-shopping list for anyone who is interested in history, archaeology or travel. Witty and erudite, Ms Gere writes beautifully, and, while clearly an academic, never talks down to those of us who are not. Reading this book is like having a long chat with your favourite teacher... if only all history books were as broad in their range and as amusing. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining read with high production values,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Hardcover)This feels like a book you want to buy from the moment you pick it up and hold it in your hands and in a world where publishing values have slumped, that makes a pleasant change. But the contents are also worth reading: Gere isn't a classicist and that shows, but she has done her homework and has written an entertaining book that engages with the 'reception' of not just the tale of Troy but also the heroic ethos of the archaic Greek world. From the 5th century bc, tragedians re-engaged with Homer, and that re-writing and appropriation of myths and meaning continues through history. The chapter on the Nazi appropriation of the Greeks, and particularly the Spartans, as the original Aryan race is both chilling and fascinatingly weird.
An excellent read in an excellent series, which will both inform the layman and maybe reinvigorate the professional classicist.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Paperback)Rather than telling you the story of what happened at ancient Mycenae what we have here is the story of the story and how it grew over the centuries.
It is a text book example (literally) of how someone's wishful thinking is picked up by later generations as undisputed fact who in turn pile on more myth from there leading you to a completely inaccurate view of what really happened.
The story is a fascinating one and if you then take all the suppositions heaped on this site and start thinking about more sensitive sites in Biblical archaeology you start seeing the raft of problems you have describing exactly what went on and trying to please the believers and the searchers of facts all at the same time.
However the whole book is written with a wit and pace that many other historical authors should take note of. It is fun, entertaining and informative all at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative starting point,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Paperback)The Tomb of Agamemnon spends some time discussing and examining the artefacts, but it then launches into discussions of how the artefacts and sites were discovered, the personal history of the discoverer, Heinrich Schliemann, and the changing reactions and theories regarding the Mycenaeans and these artefacts since their discovery and what part changing attitudes and political agendas have had to play.
The book provides a good overview of the way the site has been interpreted and indeed used by various groups in the century or so since its rediscovery, and includes some interesting anecdotes and titbits to spark the interest, but at such a short page count it can't provide an in depth examination of the subject, therefore it is best utilised by someone looking to take their first steps investigating this topic. The writing style is assuredly competent and complex without being confusing, however sometimes it can be a little dry and dull. Worth mentioning is a handy section at the back of the book which tells the enquiring reader what resources she might consult to find out more and where she can view the Mycenaean artefacts referred to in the book - handy for anyone desiring to pursue the subject further, or for the intrepid traveller thinking of making a visit to Greece.
5.0 out of 5 stars The moving target of Mycenae,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Paperback)This is a really exciting read. It is ostensibly about how different generations have apprehended the visible remains of Agememnon and his capital, Mycenae. The author is a witty and erudite guide to centuries of explanations and ends with a fine guide to the archaeological site itself. But it's also a very subtle bit of historiography which shows, again with wit as well as with learning, how the times shape the ways in which we tackle the great task of understanding the past. I read it in two sittings and was heart-broken when I finished it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written ...BUT...,
This review is from: The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero (Paperback)Cathy Gere has produced an important, facinating and very readable book on the way that generations of imperialists have used Homer, Agamemnon and Mycenae to project their own pet racial theories. From the Romans, Victorians to the Nazis all tried to 'own' the site and the Iliad. I would have given it 5 stars except for the entry on page 130 where the author touches on the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. This was fought mainly against the Turks who were supported by a few Germans and not vice versa as indicated; worse is that the book claims the campaign was fought 'on the ancient Trojan Plain'. It wasn't. Minor raids and a small diversionary attack were carried out on the Asian (Trojan) side of the Dardanelles but never went far inland, the main fighting occuring on the Gallipoli Peninsula in European Turkey.
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The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero by Cathy Gere (Paperback - 5 April 2007)
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