By Marshall Cavendish
Historical Greece follows the growth of the Greeks from the early institution of farming groups round 6500 BCE, to the increase of the good city-states of Sparta and Athens, and directly to the dissolution of the empire of Alexander the nice following his demise in 323 BCE.
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Dorians settled in the southern part from Halicarnassus down to the southernmost coast and on the islands of Rhodes and Cos. Some of the many settlements created on these islands and in the coastal regions developed into important cities—in particular, the 12 Ionian settlements called the dodeca poleis (the 12 cities). The migration to the various islands and to Anatolia stimulated further exploration, and the former trading routes with the east were soon restored. Linking large parts of the Mediterranean world with the Greek world, these routes had declined during the Dark Age but had never been completely severed.
They may have been sent for later, or they may have been sought— or abducted—from neighboring regions. When a trading post developed into a more permanent community, it usually took the form of an agricultural settlement. No matter how much trading took place, arable land was of prime importance, and most Greek colonies were founded in regions with good agricultural land. While many of 50 the colonists were probably driven to emigrate for economic reasons, this motivation would not have applied to the aristocratic and wealthier colonists who may have left a parent city for political reasons.
Probably the most striking features of these buildings are the covered corridors and casements enclosing impressive galleries. The floorplan of one building, Nestor’s Palace at Pylos, has been particularly well preserved. Named after one of the city’s semimythical kings, Nestor’s Palace comprised several buildings, which were not protected by massive surrounding walls but were probably guarded by fortresses along the coast. At the gateway to the citadel, there was a guardroom, as well as another room where records were kept of the daily business of the palace, produce received in taxes, and work to be carried out by officials.
Ancient Greece: An Illustrated History by Marshall Cavendish