1) How did the Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean cultures contribute to Greeks sense of themselves?
Cycladic civilization arose around 3200 BC; that is, at about the time of the transition from the Neolithic Period (the "New Stone Age") to the Bronze Age. [ Its most impressive achievements date to the period from approximately 2700 to approximately 2400 BC and represent a stunning advance in terms of their artistic sophistication. The most striking creations that have survived from Cycladic
civilization are a large number of marble figures (figure 4). It had been a widespread practice in Neolithic communities, both in Greece and elsewhere, to create representations of nude females in clay or stone, often referred to as "fertility figures" or "mother goddesses." These figures are generally crudely executed, and it is not known for what purpose they were made. ........... ]
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