Greek Dark Ages

  • ~1100 – 800 BC
  • Mycenaean Civilization collapsed rapidly and systematically
    • Not only in Greece, most major bronze age civilizations collapsed at this time (see late bronze age collapse)
  • Possible theories for the collapse
    • Drought
    • Internal revolt
    • Economic disruption
      • Some economist say the economy was so fragile that with the arrival of the sea seoples it collapsed
    • Invasion
      • Dorian invasion used to be a popular theory
        • There’s little evidence for any kind of massive invasion, though
  • Theories for why did the dark ages took so long
    • Difficult agriculture required maintenance
    • Population control
      • Small population are beneficial for migrating