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chapter 10


Early Development of Greek Society Humans inhabited the Balkan region and the Greek peninsula from an early but in- determinate date.
Minoan and Mycenaean Societies a legendary king of ancient Crete. Between 2000 and 1700 B.C.E., the inhabitants of Crete built a series of lavish palaces throughout the island.
Between 2200 and 1450 B.C.E. Crete was a principal center of Mediterranean commerce. Because of its geographic location in the east-central Mediterranean, Crete received early influences from Phoenicia and Egypt.
The World of the Polis The most important institu- tion was the city-state, or polis. The term polis originally referred to a citadel or fortified site that offered refuge for local communities during times of war or other emergencies.
Athens In Athens as in Sparta, population growth and economic development caused political and social strain, but the Athenians relieved tensions by establishing a gov- ernment based on democratic principles.
Solon and Athenian Democracy Solon forged a compro- mise between the classes. He allowed aristocrats to keep their lands
Greece and the Larger World As the poleis prospered, Greeks became increasingly prominent in the larger world of the Mediterranean basin.
Greek Colonization By about 800 B.C.E. the poleis were emerging as centers of political organization in Greece. During the next century increasing population strained the resources avail- able in the rocky and mountainous Greek peninsula.
Greek Colonies Greek colonies arose also in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea
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