Essay on How Did The Geography Of Greece Affect Greek History?

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How did the geography of Greece affect Greek history? There were some significant conditions that influence the history of Greece. Greece is a country that is composed of about 80% mountains. These mountains all range from "8,000 to 10,000 feet high" (Spielvogel 54). Due to this, the people in Greece were separated from one another and they each formed their own city-state or communities. This made it extremely difficult for them to unite under one government because they all followed their own path and lifestyle. As time went on, every community became connected to their own independence and they eagerly fought one another to obtained benefits. Greece is also a peninsula that is composed of small plains that are surrounded by the Ionian Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Since Greece, has such close proximity to the water, sea trade was the best method for exchanging cargo and transportation. This exposed the Greeks to people from other regions and it also influence their culture. The Greek 's were able to "establish colonies that would spread Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean Region" (Spielvogel 54).

What was the polis, or city-state, and how did the major city-states of Athens and Sparta differ?
A polis or city-state, is a country that is composed of different cities. Usually in a polis, the citizens would gather in a "central place to practiced political, social and religious activates" (Spielvogel 59). The city-states of…

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