"Now Odysseus approached Alcinous’ splendid dwelling."

A Mycenaean Palace
Creative Commons AttributionA Mycenaean Palace - Credit: Ken Russell Salvador/Wikimedia Commons
There follows a long description of the awe-inspiring palace of Alcinous. Mycenaean society was based around palaces; they were the administrative centres of the community. At the heart of the palace was its throne-room or megaron. The palaces described in The Odyssey are probably based on these Mycenaean structures. Click here for more ideas of what a palace and its megaron may have looked like.