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Chapter 11, Lesson 1, The Early Greeks (pp. 328-333)

I. The Land Around the Sea

II. Early Civilizations

    A. The Minoans developed a system of writing, carried on rich trade, and were master builders.

    B. The Mycenaeans learned from the Minoans and became the dominant civilization in the Aegean region.

    C. From about 1100 B.C. to 800 B.C. Greece was in a decline called the Dark Age, when trade stopped and written language disappeared.

III. The Rise of the City-States

    A. During the Dark Age, Greece's population increased and isolated villages grew into cities.

    B. City-states were independent, self-governing units that included the territory around the city.

    C. As the city-states grew, they began to fight over boundaries and other things, and some Greeks left to found new city-states.

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