About The Bardot Group
We advertise ourselves as nearly 90 years old by our cumulative compositions, but only three years old at our syntheses of Bronze Age Antiquity. That makes our founding date 1924 important. Then we began annual releases of published symposia, from which our several trajectories through prehistory of that deepest past. The sweep of our archs included protohistorical exercises at fiction, a process of delivering the past as both literary myth and century long tableaus of period interactivity between empires and quasi-imperial regimes. 1939, moreover, became our key date for the very beginnings of our academic expository fiction, as built off a voluminous correspondence enabled by most generous benefactors. The year 1924 was when our founder, R. R. Bardor sought and won the backing of the Saltonstall Trust (no relationship then or since to a philanthropic trust of that name that's located in Boston). He had assembled scientists and engineers evocative of times since 1895, whereby their contributions might contribute to scholars of the humanities and social scientists who had been intense at the disciplines of cultural anthropology, archaeology and geostratification. A few years later the Weld Scholarship Fund expanded its programs of academy to entice visiting scholars to the United States. Through residency programs its primary area of antiquity became the Bronze Age of the entire Eastern Mediterranean. The Welds excepted only Egypt of the Upper Nile from their generosity, because the studies of Egyptologists were already amply funded by benefactors of our same bents and procliviites. Not that Egypotologists have been outsiders to our good company of like scientists and engineers since 1939. For then the Saltonstall Trust and the Weld Endowment of Studies in Antiquity married and merged, to become their good child, the Bardot Endowment, in 1946, a permanent funding that has sustained our modest means of existence ever since.
The Bardot Group has since become a very large archive of correspondence and quiet communications between luminaries at the studies, tools and sciences that the great archaeological digs have nurtured. Most of our scholars assed during the 1970s and their desciples are now deep into their retirements. Our residency programs and internships are mostly about the restudy of the legacies by such oldsters, by which our re-examinations can both fully appreciate and validate them. So much had once been controversial, or stuff to be wary of, in particular the divulgences of the active digs between WW I and WW II.
Since WW our activities have kept sound distance from many detractors of whom the Greeks, Hittites, Canaanites and other maturing ethicities were during the Late Bronze Age. We concentrated on eras of great peaces, stayed out of trouble accordingly. We helped grow the field of cutural anthropology; it has evolved in accordance with our development of the discipline. The only controversy we have not avoided have been matriarchal heritage and agronomy of rural common-wealth that some scholars regard too communistic. Not withstanding that we are neither Marxists or other types of statists it took us a long time to define ourselves to scientists and other inventive disciplines from which we'd made our earliest beginnings in 2008.
Since the late 1950s, though, or just after the decoding of what had been Linear B Minoan Entablature, we have been engrossed in the history of writing in general, and in that syllabary of thr 13th Century BC in particular. Our residents have been mostly philogists at the study and synthesis of the Late Aegean Bronze Age's Oldest Greek. Much as our Anatolian scholars had done with their composite languages by writ of the imperial Hatti (e.g., the Apology of the Tlabarnas Hattushilish III), our literary intent has been to replicate a formal language of former great courts. We have also kept close, even at arms-length, to scholars of Semetic & Near Eastern Studies, via last usage of syllabaries, by anticipation of Pheonician and Greek alphabets. By the latter we have been plotting the transition of Oldest Greek into what we still call Lyric or Homeric Greek.
Finally to be said, our philologists began in the late '60s their teamwork game of postulating Mentor as the personification of Oldest Greek, as though a dictated and formally spoken language of the Mycenaean Age's great court societies. In formal at first, gaining in spontaneity through the '70s, it's been gaining expert following all along. By the early 1980s we were ready to publish him, and we drafted several draft manuscripts. The Mentor whom the publisher translates under the pseudonym of S W Bardot made his first emergence as academic expository fiction in 2008. He has been our contemporary narrator of the earliest Greeks' Late Bronze Age since 1989. It has taken us 19 years to finally provide a robust release of considerable rigor by his fictional hand to entablature by syllabary, by which S W Bardot translates him, and Bardot Books imprints him to paged manuscripts of a fine and illustrative quality.
Our present endeavor is to convert all previous releases onto e-Book platforms, all illustrations in color formats.