1st book review for Greeks

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1 Caffrey Francis Dr. Smith February 10, 2011 Review: The Coming of the Greeks: Indo-European Conquests in the Aegean and the Near East Author(s): Robert Drews Published by: Whitney Darrow Fund of Princeton University Press
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2 In The Coming of the Greeks, Robert Drews investigates the problem of when and where the Greeks came from. Drews does this by looking at different scholarly opinions on The Coming of the Greeks. He starts by explaining how the people who spoke the Indo-European language became identified as the Greeks. Then he considers Indo-Europeans in the Near East, the location of the Indo-Europeans homeland, and the invention of the chariot. In the first chapter, Origins of the Question, Drew concentrates on when and where the Greeks came from. George Grote believed that those questions were “unanswerable because historians can only identify as far as the past was literate (Drews 4).” Grote was proven wrong when philologists, Sir William Jones, discovered the Indo-European language family. Then philologists, Bopp, discovered the language similarities Avestan, Armenian, and Slavic had in common with the Indo-European family. Bopp finally came to the conclusion that Avestan, Armenian, and Slavic were also in the Indo-European family. Philologists concluded that there were once Indo- European people and their Indo-European language came from languages of Europe, Persia, and India. This evidence helped philologists discover that the Indo-European homeland was located between Caspian and the Himalaya, in south-central Asia. Although, this evidence was debated by a rival school because they believed that there was an “original Indo-European race” that originated in northeastern Europe (5).” The next question that Grote thought was unanswerable was the date that the Greeks came to Greece. After much speculation, Carl Blegen and J.B. Haley explained that the
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3 Greeks arrived in 1900 B.C. within the break between Early and Middle Helladic and the
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