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    Greece The Origins of Civilization: 3200-1050 B.C.
    Source: The Library of Congress Country Studies

    The second millennium B.C. saw the evolution of two powerful Greek civilizations, the Minoan in Crete and the Mycenaean on the mainland. During the early Bronze Age (3000-2200 B.C.), major changes occurred in both Crete and mainland Greece. In both cases, there is evidence of rapid population growth associated with the establishment of trade connections across the Aegean Sea to Anatolia and the Near East. The Cyclades (Kiklades), islands between Crete and the mainland, were settled at this time and seem to have flourished as stepping stones between Europe and Asia. Both the Cyclades and the mainland developed complex societies featuring skilled craftsmen and political elites.

    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 The Origins of Civilization: 3200-1050 B.C. information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece The Origins of Civilization: 3200-1050 B.C. should be addressed to the Library of Congress.

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