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Welcome to the Miller Gallery of Evolution of Warfare in Ancient Greece!
Greece is a unique area to study when wanting to view something over a long period of time. First of all, Greece has been inhabited for millennia, with early records of men at Franchthi Cave in 20,000 BCE. Not only were men present, but we also have some sort of documentation of the Greek civilization through art, archaeology, and even writing. Greece, then, is a prime setting for making an analysis of the development of something over the scope of thousands of years.
Why, then, do we focus on war? Certainly there has always been some sort of draw to the idea of blood and guts and glory. However, when it comes to Greece, war has been a major anthropological marker. Warfare is Greece is both a product of the geography and the producer of the dynamic changes in Greek history.
Each of the pieces here may not seem significant itself, yet they each mark a wider trend or phenomenon of civilization or warfare in Greece in its respective time.