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Nestor's Megaron: Contextualizing a Mycenaean Institution at Pylos
Egan, Emily Catherine

2015, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Arts and Sciences: Classics.
The megaron of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos comprises three interconnected, axially aligned rooms located at the core of the palace’s Main Building, constructed in the 13th century B.C. Current theories about this suite, and particularly its “Throne Room,” imagine that it was used for feasting, that it served as a royal reception hall, and/or that it was a setting for religious rituals. It has not been possible to discriminate among these competing theories – each individually compelling – because of evidential lacunae in the original publication of the Pylos megaron by excavators Carl W. Blegen and Marion Rawson. This dissertation presents in great detail both published and previously unpublished remains from the megaron. The three rooms and their stratigraphy, objects, built features, and painted decoration are described and assessed based on systematic examination of archaeological field records and firsthand observations of material evidence. It is demonstrated that extant pottery and small finds do not support claims for palatial period feasting. Built features and painted decoration, however, corroborate propositions that the megaron was used for religious activities and visitor reception during this period, which is in turn shown to have been the first of the suite’s three (or possibly four) use-phases.
Jack Davis, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
Hariclia Brecoulaki (Committee Member)
Eleni Hatzaki, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Sharon Stocker, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Gisela Walberg, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
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