Peloponnese: Nemea and Mycenae


The Peloponnese


April 27, 2015


Time to review a bit of Greek Mythology and Ancient History?

My visit to two sites on the Peloponnese:  Nemea and Mycenae.

Nemea is an ancient site in the northeast of the Peloponnese in Greece.. 

Here in Greek Mythology, Heracles overcame the Nemean Lion of the Lady Hera, and here during Antiquity, the Nemean Games were played, in three sequence, ending about 235 BCE, celebrated in the eleven Nemean odes of Pindar.


Mycenae is an archeological site in Greece, located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) southwest of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. From the hill on which the palace was located, one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf.

In the second millennium BCE, Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece.

The period of Greek History from about 1600 BCE to about 1100 BCE is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its peak in 1350 BCE, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares

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