History of Greece

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The history of Greece can be traced back to Stone Age hunters. Later came early farmers and the civilization of the Minoan and Mycenaean Kings. This was followed by a period of wars and invasions, known as the Dark Ages. In about 1100 BC, a people called the durians invaded from the north and spread down the west coast. In the period from 500 – 336 BC Greece was divided into small city states, each of which consisted of a city and its surrounding countryside.

There were only a few historians in the time of Ancient Greece history, that include Herodotus, known as the Father of History who travelled to many ancient historic sites at the time, Thucydides and Xenophon.

Most others forms of History knowledge and accountability of the ancient Greeks we know is because of temples, sculpture, pottery, artifacts, and other archaeological.

Early Bronze Age (2900 – 2000 BC)
The Greek Bronze Age or the Early Helladic Era started around 2800 BC and lasted till 1050 BC in Crete while in the Aegean

Islands it started in 3000 BC. The Bronze Age in Greece is divided into periods such as Helladic 1 and 2. The information that is available today on the Bronze Age in Greece is from the architecture, burial styles, and life styles. The colonies were made of 300 to 1000 people.

Mycenaean Age (600 – 1100 BC)
About the time Thera was destroyed, the Greeks were just emerging into their civilization stage. They too were heavily influenced by the Cretans and even adopted the model of the Minoan state. A century or so later Minoan zed Greeks from the mainland, the Mycenaean’s, ungratefully repaid their teachers by invading Crete and taking over their power centers. As was noted eailer Mycenaean refers to the entire civilization of Greece during the Late Bronze (Late Helladic) period (c. 1580 – 1150 BC). The emergence in mainland Greece of a hierarchical political and social system, based on centralized control of the economy recapitulated the process of state formation in...
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