The idea of 'finders keepers' as a signature for two sea-empires
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CitationNagy, G. 2015.08.26. "The idea of 'finders keepers' as a signature for two sea-empires." Classical Inquiries. http://nrs.harvard.edu/ urn-3:hul.eresource:Classical_Inquiries.
AbstractThis posting for 2015.08.26 is part of a larger project concerning what we can learn about MinoanMycenaean civilization by reading the Homeric Odyssey. In this part of that project, I concentrate on a myth emanating from MinoanMycenaean civilization. From the start, I say “MinoanMycenaean civilization,” not “Minoan” and “Mycenaean” separately. That is because, as we will see, some of the myths that we encounter about Minoan civilization are infused with elements that are distinctly Mycenaean as well as Minoan. And such an infusion has to do with the fact that Minoan civilization, which had evolved in the context of a “Minoan Empire,” as archaeologists know it, was eventually taken over by a “Mycenaean Empire.” This takeover, I argue, resulted in the modification of myths about the Minoan Empire by way of myths about the Mycenaean Empire. And one of these myths, as we will see, is based on an idea that I paraphrase by way of the popular expression “finders keepers.” This same expression, as we will also see,
applies also to a ritual that evolved in a historically unrelated context, the seaempire of Venice in its heyday. In terms of my argument, the mentality of finders keepers that comes to life in a myth about the Minoan seaempire also comes to life in a ritual that evolved in the historical context of the Venetian seaempire.
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