Gender in Mycenaean and Iron Age Greece (CLA3120)

15 credits

This course peers beneath the boars’ tusk helmets of Mycenaean warriors and looks beyond the ‘status warriors’ of the Iron Age to critically investigate the materiality and social representation of gender in Mycenaean and Iron Age Greece (c. 1800-700 BC). Using modern gender theory, material culture approaches and literary theory, we will investigate gender in funerary behaviour, as well as its representation in Linear B, epic poetry and Aegean and Geometric art. By doing so, students will develop an understanding of how the social representation of both genders changed as society changed during these crucial transitional periods.