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date: 04 February 2023



  • Andrew Robert Burn
  •  and Antony Spawforth


Minyans (Μινύαι), the descendants of *Minyas, an Ur-Greek population-group believed in Classical times to have inhabited Aegean lands in the heroic age (see dryops; pelasgians), with centres at *Orchomenus (1) and *Iolcus. Western Peloponnesian communities of so-called Minyans existed in the lifetime of Herodotus (4. 148). In myth they appear outside the mainland mainly linked to the itinerary of the Minyan *Argonauts (Teos, Lemnos, Cyrene, etc.


  • Greek History and Historiography
  • Greek Material Culture: Bronze Age
  • Greek Myth and Religion

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