Greek Expansion in the Ancient Aegean


Simeon Netchev
published on 25 September 2023
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A map illustrating the trends and directions of the expansion of the ancient Geeks across the Aegean during the so-called Greek Dark Ages in the wake of the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization. During the 1100s BCE, fueled by a variety of factors such as population growth, political instability, as well as the Dorian invasions into northern Greece and later the Peloponnese, various Greek tribal groups embarked on waves of large-scale population movement (known as the Aeolic, Ionian, Doric, and Achaean/Arcadian migrations) across the Aegean and beyond. These new settlements became, in turn, hubs of trade, culture, and innovation, spreading the Greek language, customs, and art. Although many of the achievements of the Mycenaeans were lost or forgotten during this time, the era of migration and exploration laid the foundation for the interconnected world of the ancient Greeks, ushered in the Archaic period, the rise of the city-state or polis, and the re-establishment of an organized society.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Greek Expansion in the Ancient Aegean." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 25, 2023.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Greek Expansion in the Ancient Aegean." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 25 Sep 2023. Web. 13 Jun 2024.