This public lecture examines how an artistic style emerged that exemplified the Mycenaean civilization in Greece during the late bronze age. The lecture explains how individuals use luxuries and other high status items to promote their social and political position so as to consolidate power over their communities and in relation to competing leaders elsewhere within the Greece. I will explain how they created both a local art and blended with the art of the palaces of Crete in order to institute a visual program within the palaces that they constructed at their capitals on the mainland of Greece. This public lecture closes with a consideration of the impact of this visual program after the fall of the palaces and the transition to the iron age that ultimately led to the epics of Homer and the rise of the Greek city-states.

Mycenaean art; gold' funeral mask

The podcast of this public lecture is available in UQ eSpace

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at