During the last few decades, there has been great interest in the problems of defining the extent and nature of kingship in
the Mycenaean world. Questions concerning the degree of economic and religious power held by the king have been given special
emphasis. This book surveys the conclusions drawn by individual scholars studying the Linear B tablets, contrasts their theories
with our knowledge of the Mycenaean kingdoms as derived from the archaeological record, and finally compares this evidence
with possible reflections in the oral tradition, specifically in the Iliad and Odyssey. This approach leads to the suggestion
that the king in the Mycenaean period had only limited power over the society and its economy. Although the king appears to
have controlled a large segment of the economy, it is argued here that other individuals and family groups within the kingdom
also had a certain degree of economic independence.