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Regions of Ancient Greece

Learn about some of the regions of Greece and its colonies that are not designated city states. Some of these geographic rubrics are broad, while one well-known one refers to the area of just one shrine.
  1. Olympia, Greece (5)

Fast Facts About Ancient Greek Colonies
Unlike modern colonization where colonies are a remnant of empire-building, Greek colonies were politically separate from the mother city.

Dodona
Dodona is the site of the oldest Greek oracle, devoted to Zeus (Zeus Molossos or Zeus Naios) and Dione. Strabo says the oracle was established by the Pelasgians, which may mean pre-Achaean and prehistoric.

Sunium or Sounion
A quick look at the place in ancient Greece known as Sunium.

Cyprus
The island of Cyprus has had a rich history, conquered and reconquered, but throughout it all maintaining ties with Greece.

Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is an area of Greece.

Achaea
The Achaeans meant the Greeks in Homer, but Achaea also refers to a region of ancient Greece.

Dorians
The Dorians are the legendary conquerors (from the Dorian Invasion) of the people of Greece who drove people from mainland Greece to settle in Asia Minor as the Ionians.

Hellas
Hellas is the Greek name for Greece.

Boiotia
Boiotia is a region of Greece.

Ionian Greeks
Sallie Goetsch identifies the Ionians, philosophical and literary leaders of the Greeks, and the Ionian migrations. Also Herodotus on the Ionian Greeks.

What Was the Greek Empire?
Answer to the question what was the Greek Empire?

Cyclades
The Cyclades are islands in the Aegean. Read a brief glossary entry on the Cyclades.

Cyprus
The eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus has had a rich history, conquered and reconquered, but throughout it all maintaining ties with Greece.

Capri
Although an island by the Gulf of Naples off the southwestern coast of Italy, Capri was settled by Ionian Greek colonists.

Macedonia
Macedonia was an area of the Balkans that produced King Philip II and his son Alexander who conquered much of Asia, spreading the Greek way.

Alexandria
Basic information on the ancient city of Alexandria.

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