Background

Odysseus and Menelaos endured danger and disaster 3300 years ago, in a world which archaeologists have discovered, not only in Mykenai (also known as Mycenae) but all over Mainland Greece and the Greek Islands. We call it the Late Bronze Age, because bronze was the main metal they used.

These remains – ruined walls and palaces, gold and silver, pots, bronze weapons and armour, wall paintings, skeletons, ornaments, bronze tools and written clay tablets – tell a story of everyday life that is quite different from Ancient Greece in later times. The Late Bronze Age is the period during which the later Greeks believed most mythological events took place. But they forgot much of what this extraordinary world was like. I have tried to show it as it really was.

If you want to know more about this period, go to The Greek Bronze Age.