Ancient History

What happened to the early Greeks known as the Achaeans?
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  1. One of the first groups to settle on the Greek peninsula, the ancient Achaeans arrived there between 2000 and 1700 B.C. The Minoans, whose society was based on the island of Crete, exerted much cultural influence on the Greek peninsula at that time. The Achaeans took much from the Minoan way of life to create their new Mycenaean society - so named because Mycenae was one of their major cities.

    The Achaeans were made up of three groups: the Ionians, the Aeolians and the Arcadians. In about 1100 B.C, an uncivilized Greek-speaking people called the Dorians attacked the Achaeans, driving the Ionians and the Aeolians off the peninsula. Some fled to Attica, some to Asia Minor and some to the Aegean islands. The Arcadians were overcome by the Dorians and absorbed into their society.

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