By Thomas R. Martin
Using fundamental resources the political, army, social, cultural and non secular histories of old Greece are lined. There are suitable time traces, maps, plans and images. specific awareness is additionally given to the society, literature and structure in its golden age.
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Extra resources for Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
And their temple complexes rank as the world's earliest freestanding megalithic monuments. Finally, new dating techniques have also revealed that the local population, not visitors from the East, built Stonehenge in what is now southern Britain. (or perhaps much earlier), possibly as an observatory to track the movements of the sun and the moon. Radiocarbon dates further suggest that European metalsmiths developed copper metallurgy independently from Near Eastern metalsmiths because it shows this technology developing in various European locations around the same time as in the Near East.
A chain reaction of attacks and flights in a recurring and expanding cycle put even more bands of raiders on the move. Some bands of sea peoples were perhaps made up exclusively of men conducting raids, who then expected to return to their homeland. Other groups of warriors and their families may have been looking for a new place to settle, where they could live a more prosperous and secure life than in the disturbed area from which they had voluntarily departed or been driven by other raiders.
When the Greeks learned from the peoples of the Near East, they made what they learned their own. This is how cultural identity is forged, not by mindless imitation or passive reception. The Greeks themselves constructed their own identity from many sources by putting their own stamp on what they learned from others. The construction of that identity took a long time. It would be pointless to try to fix the beginning of this complex process at any one moment. Rather than look for a nonexistent single origin of Greek identity, we should try to identify as many as possible of the various sources of cultural influence that flowed together over the long run to produce 22 From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans Greek culture as we find it in later times.