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Traditionally the Dorians are portrayed as a group of prehistoric tribes who moved southwards towards the end of the 2nd millennium bc to take over the whole of Greece, many of the islands of the Aegean, Crete, and parts of Asia Minor. They are sometimes credited with overthrowing the Mycenaeans. Archaeologically, however, there is little or no evidence for the Dorians, and while it is recognized that their language went on to become a dialect spoken in the Peloponnese and southern Aegean islands, and that they probably made a contribution to the emergence of classical Greek culture, their origins and exact role remain uncertain.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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