The Athenian Shield
Greece, as we recognize it, begins where the Dark Age ends. We meet some of the earliest known reformers that drop the first hints of democracy in reaction to the stresses of coming out of the Dark Age. This episode covers approximately 1200 BC – 594 BC.
See the excellent table created by Cristian Violatti below for a simple layout of the end of the Bronze Age.
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