By Marshall Cavendish
Historic Greece follows the development of the Greeks from the early institution of farming groups round 6500 BCE, to the increase of the nice city-states of Sparta and Athens, and directly to the dissolution of the empire of Alexander the good following his dying in 323 BCE.
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46 consisted of a cuneiform (wedge-shaped) alphabet of 30 characters. One of the principal variants was the Northwest Semitic alphabet, from which nearly all alphabetic scripts in use today are ultimately descended. A short version, using 22 letters, was being used to write the Phoenician language from the 11th century BCE, and from Phoenicia it spread to neighboring regions in the Middle East. The Greeks adopted this short Phoenician alphabet in the eighth century BCE and modified it by adding two or more consonant symbols.
The next city, Troy VIIb, also seems to have been destroyed by fire. Historians believe this destruction happened around 1050 BCE. The fall of Troy After the destruction of Troy VIIb, the city seems to have been abandoned for several centuries, but at the start of the seventh century BCE, the site was reoccupied by Greeks and became known as Ilium. Around 400 CE, the site was finally abandoned and gradually disappeared under the mound of Hissarlik, until the cities were finally rediscovered by Schliemann.
Each class had its own kind of landownership or tenancy. Everything was controlled by the palace—the ownership and use of land, the labor employed, and the products of craftsmen. They grew crops such as barley and wheat and kept groves of olive trees to produce olive oil. They raised animals such as goats and sheep, which provided both meat and wool, and grew flax to make linen. Most of this produce had to be taken to the palace. It was then sold to help support the royal family, priests, bureaucrats, and the army.
Ancient Greece: An Illustrated History by Marshall Cavendish