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Mycenaean Age  (mye-seh-NEE-an)

Period of high cultural achievement, forming the backdrop and basis for subsequent myths of the heroes. It was named for the kingdom of Mycenae and the archaeological site where fabulous works in gold were unearthed. The Mycenaean Age was cut short by widespread destruction ushering in the Greek Dark Age.
Ruins of Asine, a Greek city of the Mycenaean Age. (zoom)