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How Did the Mycenaeans Influence Classical Greece

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===The Mycenaeans and Classical Greek Religion===
The ruins of Pylos have provided modern scholars with the single largest cache of Linear B tablets, many of which are related to early Aegean religion. The tablets show that like many of their contemporaries in the Bronze Age Near East, the Mycenaeans practiced a ritual based religion that was led by a sizable priest class who owned land and probably exercised a considerable amount of political power. <ref> Chadwick, pgs. 125-8</ref> The influence that the Mycenaeans imparted on later classical Greek religion is not so apparent in terms of the ritual aspects of their religion, but more so with the actual pantheon.
The Pylos tablets show that the Mycenaeans worshipped Zeus, who of course was at the head of the classical Greek pantheon, while Poseidon also played a key role according to tablets from both Pylos and the Cretan city of Knossos. <ref> Chadwick, pgs. 125-6</ref> Although the classical Greeks may have worshipped in a different manner than their Mycenaean ancestors, the Linear B tablets show that they followed the same deities. Other evidence also suggests that Mycenaean funerary games were the inspiration for the well-known sporting culture of the classical Greeks.

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