ESSAYS/ESSAIS ALFRED G. MEYER (Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.A.) The Coming of the Iron Age* I Progress came to the Eastern Mediterranean lands of the Bronze Age, and to other areas as well, as the Iron Age. The new technology must have been brought by the barbarians from the North, wave after wave of Hellenic hordes, who conquered the remnants of the highly civilized Minoan empire and imposed their own rule on the hapless natives. The destructiveness and cruelty of the process is well illustrated by the fate of Troy as depicted in the Iliad. Similarly to Troy, many cultures must have been destroyed, cities razed, temples desecrated, their treasures looted, their priestesses raped. If interpreters of the old myths are to be believed, the coming of the Iron Age was a protracted political revolution as well, in which matriarchal political systems were destroyed and patriarchal ones firmly established in their places. The ancient myths further suggest that this bloody proccss also brought about irrevcrsible changcs in political morality: ancient and well-integrated communes were destroyed, while avari- cious and bloodthirsty brigands came into power who brought with them a lupine political morality which did not shrink from the basest
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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