THE remains of the Mycenaean world, already passed in review, abundantly attest an advanced stage of culture. Indeed, such is the maturity of Mycenaean art, in some of its phases, that there are still those who refuse to accept its monuments as the work of Greek hands in pre-Homeric time.1 And, in fact, we cannot wonder at this skepticism, in view of the sudden and startling revelation of a wealth and power and refinement of which history had given us hardly a hint. That Hellas had always been wedded to penury, the Hellenes themselves believed,2 and now Mycenae confronts us with a dazzling demonstration of her opulence. With poverty goes feebleness; yet we are awestruck in the presence of the mighty walls of Tiryns, of the lion-guarded gateway of Mycenae, of the solemn domes hidden away in the hillsides. We regard with amazement that enormous lintel-block lying with its 120 tons' weight over the doorway of the Treasury of Atreus. How was the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Mycenaean Age:A Study of the Monuments and Culture of Pre-Homeric Greece. Contributors: Chrestos Tsountas - Author, J. Irving Manatt - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1897. Page number: 217.
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