II. Ancient and Classical Periods, 3500 B.C.E.–500 C.E. > D. Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World > 1. The Bronze Age, 3000–1200 B.C.E. > e. The Greeks in Asia Minor
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e. The Greeks in Asia Minor
c. 1500–1200
 
The Ahhiyawa. Hittite records mention the Ahhiyawa, who lived in, or raided, western Asia Minor. Some scholars have connected the Ahhiyawa with the Achaeans, Homer's name for the Greeks. Attacks on Cyprus by Attarissyas the Ahhiyawan, reported by the Hittites, may refer to the activities of Atreus, the father of Agamemnon, referred to in Greek mythology.  1
 
c. 1200
 
The Trojan War. Troy, located where the Aegean meets the Hellespont, was inhabited after 2000 by people who shared cultural characteristics with the population on the Greek mainland. There are nine levels of habitation, from the Early Bronze Age to Roman times, numbered I to IX. Around 1300 Troy VI was destroyed by an earthquake and replaced by Troy VIIa, generally identified with the city of the Trojan War celebrated in Greek mythology. Troy VIIa was destroyed by fire c. 1200.  2
 
 
 
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