• Huurlingen, mobiliteit en reizigerslatijn Contacten tussen Europa en het Nabije Oosten in de Late Bronstijd

    Author(s):
    Jorrit Kelder (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Egypt
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Mycenaean Greece, long-distance trade
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/scry-pj25
    Abstract:
    The aim of this paper is twofold. First, it argues that the Mycenaean Greek world served as a nexus for international trade between the Near East and Europe during the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600 to 1100 BCE). Rather than a barbarian periphery, Europe – and in particular regions such as the Carpathian basin and the southern Baltic (Denmark and Scania) – was an integral part of the much better known ‘civilised’ world of the ancient Near East. Second, it argues that ‘mercenaries’ (a term that I will use rather loosely, and which includes both private entrepreneurs and military captives) served as a hitherto overlooked conduit for knowledge exchange between Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Near East. It will do so by highlighting a number of remarkable archaeological finds, and by discussing these against the backdrop of contemporary (Late Bronze Age and Iron Age) texts as well as later legends.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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