The Architecture and Function of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos

The architectural complex known as the Palace of Nestor at Pylos is one of the best preserved Mycenaeans palaces
ever discovered. The good state of preservation, with minimal later disturbance, helps us to visualize important
aspects of other Mycenaean palaces from this period, which may not be so completely preserved. For this
assignment, I would like you to compose a paper discussing the architecture and function of the Palace of Nestor at
Pylos as an example of a Mycenaean palace.

Introduction:
-What is the “Palace of Nestor”? Where is it located? When was its main period pf use? When was it destroyed, and
how? When was it discovered and excavated, and by whom?
(This section should be written as one or more well-structured paragraphs with complete sentences, not in bullet
points. Aim for at least 200-300 words in length.)

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Analysis of the Program/Functional Areas:
-What are the main buildings that make up the complex? What does the archaeological, artistic, and architectural
evidence suggest about the function of those areas/buildings?
-Looking more closely at the Main Building, what do you see as the main architectural components that define it as
a Mycenaean palace? How might the architecture reflect the relative importance of each component part or room? –
Create your own diagram to illustrate the “program” of the Palace of Nestor. (You can focus on the Main Building
alone, or you can consider the entire complex.)
(This section should also be written as one or more well-structured paragraphs. Aim for about 1 page of text
[minimum 300, maximum 500 words] in length.)

Evaluation and Reflection:
-What would you say are the most important aspects of the 1) structure, 2) form, 3) function of a Mycenaean palace?
How does the Palace of Nestor illustrate each of these elements?
(This section should also be written as one or more well-structured paragraphs. Aim for about at 1 page of text
[minimum 300, maximum 500 words] in length.)

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IMPORTANT FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS:

• Use Times or Times New Roman 10-point font;
• 1-inch margins on all sides.
• Align left
• Single-space heading information

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