“BY THAT HEARTH OF ODYSSEUS.” Mycenaean palaces as described by Homer have been found at Mycenae, Tiryns and Pylos. The megaron, or great hall, of these palaces featured a hearth, columned porches and an area for the thrones of the king and queen where, much like Homer describes, the queen would relax with her attendants and the king would sit and drink his wine “like any immortal.” The megaron pictured here from the excavation of Mycenae has a round hearth in its center.