By Thomas R. Martin

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Using basic assets the political, army, social, cultural and spiritual histories of historic Greece are lined. There are correct time strains, maps, plans and images. specific cognizance can be given to the society, literature and structure in its golden age.

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The New Kingdom in Egypt was falling apart; foreign invaders destroyed the powerful Hittite kingdom in Anatolia; Mesopotamia underwent a period of political turmoil; and the rich palace societies of From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans 31 the Aegean all but disintegrated. The causes of the disruption are poorly documented, but the most likely reasons are internal strife between local centers of power and overexploitation of natural resources in overspecialized and centralized economies. These troubles, whose duration we cannot accurately gauge, apparently caused numerous groups of people to leave their homes, seeking new places to live or at least victims to plunder.

Minoan Contact with Mycenaean Greece The far-flung international trade of Minoan Crete developed extensive overseas contacts for the residents of the palaces, and this network of trade was greatly facilitated by yet another innovation of the third millennium, the longship. The sea travel of Minoans took them not only to Egypt and the other civilizations of the Near East in search of trade goods and pay, but also to the islands of the Aegean and southern Greece. On the Greek mainland they encountered another civilization today called Mycenaean after its most famous archaeological site.

Words in later languages that descended from the original IndoEuropean language are thought to offer hints about certain features of the original Indo-European society. This evidence leads to the surmise that Indo-European society was patriarchal, regarding the father not merely as a parent but as the authority figure over the household. Other words suggest that Indo-European society was also patrilocal (the wife goes to live with the husband's family group) and patrilineal (the line of descent of children being reckoned through their father).

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