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The Dark Ages. After the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization, Greece entered a bleak period that lasted for 300 years (1100 BCE-800 BCE) New raiding parties arrived from the North (The Dorians)- they forced the Greek-speaking people all around the Aegean Sea. Key Points About the Dark Ages.

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the dark ages
The Dark Ages
  • After the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization, Greece entered a bleak period that lasted for 300 years (1100 BCE-800 BCE)
  • New raiding parties arrived from the North (The Dorians)- they forced the Greek-speaking people all around the Aegean Sea.
key points about the dark ages
Key Points About the Dark Ages
  • The achievements of the Mycenaean civilization were lost or forgotten.
  • The invaders wiped out food supply, famine struck, and the Greek population declined.
rise of the city state and the age of colonization
Rise of the City-State and the Age of Colonization
  • The Greeks began to develop small, secure and independent communities.
  • Two of the larger communities were Athens and Sparta
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As the Greek population started to grow, it began to put a strain on their food supply.

  • How could they solve this problem?
colonization
Colonization!
  • The Greeks began to search for “away homes.”
  • They were to become self-sufficient, bound only to the parent city for trade.
  • They colonized parts of Italy, Spain, Northern Africa, and Southern France.
  • Some important developments during this period were:

The use of metal currency, a new middle class, and the use of iron

city states
City-States
  • Began to specialize in particular products- Athens produced a great deal of pottery.
  • The first Olympic Games were held (776 BCE) , and Homer wrote his great literary works.
spartan society
Spartan Society
  • Boys were inspected immediately after birth.
  • They were checked for any physical disfiguration or weakness.
  • The unwanted boys would be discarded.
  • At the age of seven, boys were taken from their homes to be educated and trained for a life of battle.
athenian society
Athenian Society
  • Boys were education in the arts
  • Girls were not permitted to attend school, but would be educated in the home.

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