Late Helladic III Period of Greece

Shortly after this stage begins, the palace at Knossos suffers a major destruction, after which Mycenaean cultural forms become as dominant throughout the southern Aegean as Minoan forms had been earlier, if not indeed more so.

During this period Cyprus, the Levant, and Egypt for the first time come into close and intense contact with the Aegean, as masses of imported Mycenaean pottery from sites throughout the eastern Mediterranean reveal. The Mycenaean pottery style of the first three-quarters of this two-century-long era has been termed the "koine style" (from Greek koinos = "common, shared") after its remarkable uniformity, both technical and stylistic, over a vast area of the eastern and central Mediterranean. It becomes virtually impossible during this century and a half to distinguish where in the Mycenaean world a particular vase is likely to have been made. Pottery from the Lipari islands north of Sicily in the west to that from Cyprus and the Levant in the east forms a stylistic continuum and regional traits are extremely difficult to detect.