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    Source: The Library of Congress Country Studies

    Migrations from the east brought the foundations of new civilizations to the Greek mainland, the island of Crete, and the Cyclades Islands east of the Peloponnesian Peninsula (more commonly known as the Peloponnesus; Greek form Peloponnisos). The Minoan civilization (in Crete) and the Mycenaean civilization (on the mainland) developed distinctive social structures that are documented in archeological records. The dominant Mycenaean civilization then declined for a 250-year period known as the Dark Age of Greece.

    Data as of December 1994

    NOTE: The information regarding Greece on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greece EARLIEST HISTORY information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece EARLIEST HISTORY should be addressed to the Library of Congress.

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