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    Ancient Greek (including Minoan and Mycenaean) culture & history

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    What was the relationship of Minoan civilization to the Ancient Greeks?
    How realistic was Homer's depiction of Mycenaean history?
    What effect did widespread military service in the Polis have on Greek political power?
    Describe the "Cult of Masculinity" and the roles of same-sex sexuality and intimacy or "homosexuality" in ancient Greece.
    Describe the reasons for the formation of Athenian democracy, and how the Greeks defeated the Persians.

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    What was the relationship of Minoan civilization to the Ancient Greeks?
    The Minoans traded with the mainland Greeks, exporting timber, precious metals, precious stones, and other raw materials. Over time, the mainland culture adopted cultural elements (such as artistic styles and myths) from the Minoans, giving rise to the Mycenaeans. Eventually, the Mycenaeans became the dominant culture in the Aegean. You can find more information at https://www.ancient-greece.org/history/minoan.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/greeks/minoan_01.shtml.

    How realistic was Homer's depiction of Mycenaean history?
    Archaeological evidence shows some truth to Homer's writings. For example, Linear B translations show that the names used in The Iliad were common in Mycenaean culture. Homer is also accurate on attributes such as the general use of chariots in warfare, certain types of arms and armor, and "the absence of iron working." (https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/node/1744). It is also ...

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    This 600-word solution answers five questions as the basis of an essay on ancient Greek history and culture, beginning with the ancient Minoans and ending with Athenian Democracy and the Persian Wars.