List of Abbreviations

Abbreviations for Periodicals and Series

AA = Archäologischer Anzeiger: Beiblatt zum Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts

AAA = Athens Annals of Archaeology

AD = Archaiologikon Deltion

AE = Archaiologike Ephemeris

AEM = Archeion Euboikon Meleton

AM = Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts: Athenische Abteilung

Ann = Annuario della scuola italiana di Atene e delle missioni italiani in oriente

Anlike Welt = Antike Welt (Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte)

AR = Archaeological Reports (by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the British School at Athens)

AS = Anatolian Studies (Journal of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara)

BAR = British Archaeological Reports

BCH = Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique

BICS = Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

BSA = Annual of the British School at Athens

Bull Lund = Bulletin de la sociéte royale de lettres de Lund

CVA = Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

EMC/CV = Echos du Monde Classique / Classical Views (former title of the Journal of the Classical Association of Canada)

Ergon = To Ergon tes Archaiologikes Etaireias

Hesperia = Hesperia (Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens)

JdI = Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts

JFA = Journal of Field Archaeology

JHS = Journal of Hellenic Studies

LAAA = Liverpool Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology

Mouseion = Mouseion (Journal of the Classical Association of Canada)

ÖJn = Jahreshefte des Österreichischen archäologischen Istituts

OpArch = Opuscula Archaeologika (Acta Instituti Romani Regni Sueciae)

OpAth = Acta Instituti Atheniensis Regni Sueciae: Opuscula Atheniensia (Annual of the Swedish Institute at Athens)

PAE = Praktika tis Archaiologikes Etaireias

PPS = Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

RA = Revue Archéologique

RE = Real-Encyclopädie des klassische Altertumwissenschaft (eds. Pauly, Wissowa and Kroll)

SIMA = Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology (Paul Åström’s Förlag)

SkrAth = Skrifter Utgivna av Svenska Institut i Athen

SMEA = Studi micenei ed egeo-anatolici

Thessalika = Thessalika (Archaeological Review for Civilization, History and Religion of Ancient Thessaly, published by the Historical Society of Volos)

Special Abbreviations

CSHI = R. Hope Simpson and J.F. Lazenby, The Catalogue of the Ships in Homer’s Iliad (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1970)

DMG = M. Ventris and J. Chadwick, Documents in Mycenaean Greek (2nd Ed., Cambridge 1973)

GAC = R. Hope Simpson and O.T.P.K. Dickinson, A Gazetteer of Aegean Civilisation in the Bronze Age, vol. I: The Mainland and Islands, SIMA 52 (Göteborg, 1979, Paul Åströms Förlag)


MFHDC = R. Hope Simpson and D.K. Hagel, Mycenaean Fortifications, Highways, Dams and Canals, SIMA vol. 133 (Sävedalen 2006, Paul Åströms Förlag)

MG = R. Hope Simpson, Mycenaean Greece (Park Ridge, New Jersey, Noyes Press 1981)

MME = W.A. McDonald and G.R. Rapp, eds. The Minnesota Messenia Expedition: Reconstructing a Bronze Age Regional Environment (Minneapolis 1972)

Other special abbreviations are listed in the relevant sections where they are used (e.g. Dodecanese I –III)

Abbreviations for Archaeological Periods

N = Neolithic             BA = Bronze Age

EH = Early Helladic             EM = Early Minoan             EB = Early Bronze Age

MH = Middle Helladic             MM = Middle Minoan             MB = Middle Bronze Age

LH = Late Helladic             LM = Late Minoan             LB = Late Bronze Age

Smyc = Submycenaean (For the divisions of Late Helladic, Late Minoan and Late Bronze Age, see Provisional Chronological Table at the end of Introduction)

PG = Protogeometric

G = Geometric

A = Archaic

C = Classical

H = Hellenistic

R = Roman period

M = Medieval


LH I/II = early LH, but not closely assigned to either LH I or LH II

LH IIIA-B = both LH IIIA and LH IIIB (similarly LH IIIA2-B etc.)

LH III(A-B) = within the LH IIIA-B range [similarly LH III(A2-B) etc.]

LH I-IIIB = material covering the whole LH I-IIIB range (similarly LH II-IIIC Early etc.)

N.B. dates assigned only on the basis of surface finds should be considered provisional.


ha = hectare (10,000 m2)

km = kilometre

m = metre

Conventions used in the Text

Spellings of Place Names

For the spellings of place names a compromise is here adopted between the traditional and the “phonetic” English transliterations of the Greek names. In difficult cases the most usual spellings are normally chosen. For sites whose ancient name is unknown, in most cases the name of the modern town or village is given first, followed by the local toponym of the site or other identification.


References to periodicals and serials are abbreviated according to the list of Abbreviations for Periodicals and Serials. They are in most cases given here without the names of the author(s) or the titles of their contributions. References to books or monographs usually comprise only the surname and year of publication (e.g. Wace 1949). Full details of these are given in the Bibliography. N.B. See also the list of Special Abbreviations under the List of Abbreviations.

A note on the illustrations

The Maps are adapted (with corrections) from those compiled by the author and J.F. Lazenby in CSHI. The photographs reproduced in the Plates were all taken by the author in the period 1956 to 1975.


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