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Mycenae Greece

High above the modern town of Mycenae are the ruins of an ancient city (state)by the same name. The ruins of Ancient Mycenae date back to the second millennium B.C. Though most of the original city state has been destroyed over time, parts of an Acropolis that overlooked a fertile plains still remain. The Acropolis sits atop an impressive mountain and is flanked on either side by taller mountains forming a very formidable fortification for the site, as well as a very scenic view.

About 1200 B.C. the supremacy of Mycenae came to an end, perhaps because of interstate rivalry, which was compounded about a century later by the successful invasion of other Greek people, the Dorians, from the north. The city, although later inhabited anew, never regained its former splendor. About 468 B.C. it was again besieged and destroyed, this time by the inhabitants of Árgos, and never rebuilt.

Lions Gate

The Lions Gate is the main entrance into the city. The lions, with their fore paws on an alter of some sort was suppose to represent the mycenaean's power. Anyone coming to the Acropolis would have to enter through these gates.

Circle of Tombs

This is the first circle of royal tombs. Which was discovered before any of the other tombs in the site. Eight men, nine Women and two children were found in these grave shafts (six in all) as well as thirty pounds of gold. All this gold led the early Archaeologists to think this was Agamemnon's grave, but later they found it dated much latter than when he was thought to have lived.

The Acropolis

You can see ruins of city walls, and the Acropolis above that. Not much is left now, but in its heyday the city was highly defensible.

Royal Tombs 2

This is the "second" circle of royal tombs, located outside of the Acropolis. These tombs are thought to be older than the first circle of royal tombs. They were mostly shaft graves and provided Archaeologists with a lot of information about the city.

City Well

Top of Lions Gate

Theater at Epidauros

The Theater in Epidaurus, famous for its excellent acoustics. Epidaurus was built during the last quarter of the fourth century B.C.. The harmony of its cavea, the way it 'sits' in the landscape with the semicircle hollowed out of the side of the hill, and the quality of its acoustics make the Epidaurus theatre one of the great architectural achievements of the fourth century. The circular orchestra provides the link with the stage buildings.

Theater at Epidauros

From the Orchestra pit.

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Front Row Seats

Carved like an easy chair. Someeven have arm rests.