If we are to study the history of Greece, we need to go back to its prehistoric roots. Prehistoric Greece has been traced to as early as 7000 BC when the earliest Neolithic sites were found. The Neolithic revolution actually reached Europe around that time. And Greece was one of the first countries to adopt agricultural habits.
The first tribes that spoke Greek – which was actually a predecessor of the Mycenaean language – arrived in Greece somewhere between the Neolithic area and the beginning of the Bronze Age.
As 2200 BC closed in, the indigenous tribes of Greece went through a cultural transformation – one that was attributed to local events, developments, but also climate change. They would also form contracts with different areas such as the Cyclades, the Asia Minor, Dalmatia, and Albania.
Thus, the first civilizations of Greece were born.
History of Greece: from the cradle of Western civilization to myths, legends, democracy and modern day Greek history
Greece went through many wars – big and small. Some were fought because certain conquerors had their eyes on the land. Others were supposed to serve as means of provoking a change in the country (e.g. the civil wars). However, while it did not emerge unscathed from every war, Greece still managed to recover.
As a history enthusiast (a Hellenophile), the history of Greece is certainly something you have to invest time in.
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