Mycenae (Crete)

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Mycenae or Mykenai (Ancient Greek: Μυκῆναι) was a town of ancient Crete, the foundation of which was attributed by an historian of the Augustan age to Agamemnon.[1] Jean Hardouin proposed to read Mycenae for Myrina which is mentioned as a city of Crete in the text of Pliny the Elder.[2]

Its site is tentatively located near the modern Selli, Kastelli.[3][4] The editors of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World also tentatively accept the association of Mycenae with Pliny's Myrina.[4]


  1. ^ Vell. Paterc. 1.1
  2. ^ ad Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.12.
  3. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  4. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 60, and directory notes accompanying.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Mycenae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 35°30′40″N 23°38′04″E / 35.511201°N 23.634356°E / 35.511201; 23.634356