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This hill doesn't look spectacular, but it is an important place for the history of European civilisation - Mycenae.

Mycenae is an ancient Greek city located on the Peloponnese peninsula on the top of a picturesque hill (278 m a. s. l). The mythical founder of the city was Perseus (son of Zeus and Danae). Mycenae's greatest period of magnificence was experienced in 1600-1100 BC. At that time it was one of the most important centers of Mycenaean culture. After the fall of the Perseid dynasty, the Atreides sat on the Mycenaean throne, descendants of Mycenae King - Atreus. The turbulent history of this family has become the subject of Homer's Iliad. The mythical king of Mycenae was also Agamemnon, the son of Atreus and Aeropa, the leader of the Trojan expedition and the victim of the first written historic manslaughter. The final collapse of the city took place around 1100 BC when it was nearly completely digested by a huge fire. After this tragic event, Mycenae has never been revived again and finally abandoned forever into oblivion.
Heinrich Schliemann, discoverer of the legendary Troy, in 1874 also began excavations in Mycenae. There, he found many tombs filled with gold jewels and masks, including the legendary Agamemnon mask made of gold sheet metal.


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