Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Dr. Sarah James

Second Advisor

Dr. Catherine Cameron

Third Advisor

Dr. Andy Cain


Methods of cultivating relational power greatly shifted between the Late Middle Helladic and the Late Helladic periods. These changes in society manifested in the rise of palaces and the disappearance of smaller societal leaders called Local Elites. Despite these major changes, however, the mechanism of feasting remains consistently used as a method of gaining authority in communities. System Theory has been proposed as a tool of thinking how systems change over time; however, an issue with using this model is that it accounts for change from a macro level, looking at overarching parameters that permeate through periods of change. Further, it looks at system changes from a top down view, which overlooks smaller, discrete changes. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the divide that occurs between these periods in Bronze Age Greece, using the modern study of dynamical systems and bifurcation theory as a qualitative analogy for how changes happen in discrete time frames, based on the circumstances and parameters of the immediate environment.