Starting Point

To begin the new series, we are starting at the city of Pylos, from where the characters resume their search for the sacred relics of the Mother Goddess.

The ancient site of Pylos was a Mycenaean city in southern Greece, established in the bronze-age, circa 1,300 BCE. Its location on the western coast in the Peloponnese, facing the Ionian Sea and the Italian coast, enabled the city to become a trading port.

According to mythology, a man called Pylas, who came from Megara, settled in the ancient area of Messenia and was later expelled by Neleus. Neleus and a group of Pelasgians came from Iolcos in Thessaly, once home to Jason, as in ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ Pelias, Neleus’ brother, exiled him for some reason, (none has been given in any of the references used or searched) and hence he and the Pelasgians head for Messenia and make Pylos their home. King Nestor was one of Neleus’ son.

In 1939, archaeologist Carl Blegen, arrives at the site in search for the famous city of Pylos and in particular, Nestor’s palace. During his excavations, he uncovers a vast site on the hilltop where evidence of extensive structures emerge and shards of Mycenaean pottery. In his investigation, Blegen discovers the building/s had been occupied during the era of the Trojan War, circa 1,300 BCE. He also uncovered numerous tablets written in Linear B, a script used by the Myceneans, an adaptation of Linear A, which was first invented by the Minoans.

Links between Homer’s Iliad and the tablets provided enough evidence for Blegen to suggest Pylos was indeed the city referred to by Homer.

The contingent from Pylos came from there and from lovely Arene; from Thryon, where the River Alpheus is forded; from handsome Aepy; from Cyparisseis, Amphigeneia, Pteleus and Helos…
Iliad 2:591-594

The other interesting feature about Mycenaean palaces was how much they resembled Minoan palaces. The Minoans were a seafaring power with extensive trading partners. To read more, click here to go to blog post. Following the decline of the Minoan civilisation, Mycenaean artwork, architecture, jewellery, female deities and script showed a strong Minoan influence. There is an interesting article by NY Times that discusses the connection between the Minoans and Mycenaeans.

Artist’s reconstrucyion of the palace
http://proteus.brown.edu/greekpast/4870

FYI: I did write a blog post some years ago regarding Pylos as it was the last location mentioned in Search for the Golden Serpent. Read more

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet. Still hanging on.

References:
Bury, J.B. and Meiggs, R. (1975). A history of Greece. Palgrave. Hampshire. pp31-33
Pylos https://www.varchive.org/dag/pylos.htm
The Pylos Palace Mycenaean Civilisation http://www.greek-thesaurus.gr/Mycenaean-Pylos-Palace.html

17 thoughts on “Starting Point

  1. A great starting point!… Loved learning about the city of Pylos and Carl Blegen´s findings. At first, I thought that Nestor´s palace might have been the place where the so-called “Nestor´s cup” was found… But, appraently that happened in Pithekoussai: https://goo.gl/GeFHHD
    The text of the inscription (in Linear B) runs:
    “Nestor’s cup, good to drink from. Whoever drinks from this cup, him straightaway. the desire of beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize”.
    Looking forward to the new updates, cara Luciana…. Happy weekend! ⭐

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    • Thank you, Aquileana 😀 They did find amazing artefacts, which does support Homer’s story about Nestor, as it did with Odysseus and Ithaka.
      I love the quote. Quite apt too.
      Have a great weekend, cara Amica 😀

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  2. Reblogged this on Apollo's Raven and commented:
    Below is a reblog of a post by Luciana Cavallaro​ regarding the start of a series of posts about the Ancient Mycenaean Civilization. She is writing a #HistoricalFiction #Mythology series of time travel and a hero’s journey in the the Servant of the Gods series. I’ve read the first book which I gave 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads: Search for the Golden Serpent. I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the the epic mythological odyssey.

    Please enjoy!

    Hope you enjoy.

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  3. An excellent post and a wonderful series- I’ll be following along all the way! I would be quite honored if you will allow me to repost this on my blog TheShieldofAchilles.net – please let me know if you agree!

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