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Earlier History

Speakers of Greek had lived at various locations1 on the mainland and islands of the Aegean for centuries upon centuries before the period that saw the beginnings of written Greek literature and thus the creation of the texts included in Perseus. The ancient Greeks never in any period of their history constituted a nation in the modern political sense because their independent communities never existed as a unified organization. Greeks identified with each other culturally2, however, because they spoke the same language and worshipped the same gods, although with local variations in both cases.

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