The king lived in a place with many rooms which served as a military headquarters and a centre of administration for the surrounding countryside.
The Mycenaean's were warriors, and weapons and armour have been found in their graves. They were also great traders and sailed far and wide. Their civilization reached the height of its power in about 1600 b.c and eclipsed the Minoan civilization of Crete. All seemed secure and prosperous, but around 1300 b.c the Mycenaeans started to build huge defensive walls around all the major towns.
The Mycenaean world was under threat from foreign invaders. By about 1200 bc. the cities began to be abandoned or destroyed.