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Who founded Ancient Greece?

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Who founded Ancient Greece?

Ancient Greece:

The ancient Greeks inhabited the area around the Aegean Sea. Their territory contained numerous islands, including Crete, Lesbos, Rhodes and Mykonos. Greeks later colonized other areas of the Mediterranean.

Answer and Explanation:

No single person or group founded ancient Greece. Civilization in Greece began with the Minoan civilization on Crete in about 2700 BC. The Minoans spoke a language that was not related to Greek, so it is debatable whether or not Greek civilization can be said to have begun with them.

The first Greek-speaking civilization was the Mycenaean culture that existed between 1600 and 1100 BC. The Mycenaeans were preceded by a number of Greek ethnic groups, including Dorians and Ionians.


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