Early Greek History. Minoan Civilization Developed on the island of Crete – Writing system – Elaborate frescoes decorate palaces at Knossos – Traded extensively.

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Early Greek History

Early Greek History Minoan Civilization Developed on the island of Crete Writing system Elaborate frescoes decorate palaces at KnossosTraded extensively by ship across the Mediterranean and Black seasWriting, gold work, and architecture inspired by contact from middle eastern communities Greeks later adopt Minoan systems of writing Culture spread across the Aegean Sea making landfall in Greece around 200 B.C.E.

The Mycenaeans Located on Greek mainland, influenced by Minoans Developed around 1600 B.C.E. Each Myceanean town was governed by a monarchy AchievementsBronze weapons and pottery

Dorians Invaded Greek mainland in 1100 B.C.E. Led to a period of violence and lawlessness known as the Dark Ages that lasted until 750 B.C.E. New civilization formed when mainland Greeks mixed with the DoriansTribal society Wealth based on land ownership Many Greeks also fled from the DoriansGrew into settlements in remote villages Developed into city-statesMajor political organization of ancient Greece The Trojan War Warrior from Mycenaean sailed across the Aegean to attack Troy For centuries the stories of the Trojan War were recited 700 B.C.E Homer shaped the stories of the Trojan War into an epic, the IliadIliad shaped Greek culture, students learned the verses by heartThe values expressed in the epic became part of Greek identityCourage, bravery, strength, honor

Every man make up is mind to fight and on on his enemy! Strong as I am, its hard for me to face so many men and fight with all at once and yet I will!- Homer Iliad

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