The powerful city of Mycenae was the heart of the Mycenaean civilisation that dominated Ancient Greece between 1600BC and 1100BC. Said to have been founded by Perseus himself, Mycenae was the centre of many Greek myths and legends.
The bronze age city of Mycenae is located in the Peloponnese region of Greece. It rose to power after the collapse of the Minoan civilization (which was based out of Crete), and then dominated the Ancient Greek world for over 500 years between 1600BC and 1100BC. The Mycenaean civilization then suffered a disaster of its own, which was followed by a 200 year period known as the Greek dark ages. During this time, the origins and history of Mycenae began to be mixed with myth and legend. Here, we take a look at some of the most common myths and legends connected with this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site.