The Aegean period lasted from about 3000-1450BC. The Cycladic culture is an early Bronze Age culture of the Cyclade islands in the Aegean sea, existing between approximately 3000-2000 BC. It was increasingly submerged the rising influence of the Minoan civilisation, centered on Crete, which lasted from 2700-1450BC. The Minoans were primarily a mercantile people engaged in trade with other civilisations. Their civilisation came to an end, when they were invaded by the Mycenaeans from mainland Greece around 1400BC. Another factor for the decline of the Minoan civilisation was the Theran eruption which destroyed the Minoan fleet and ports.
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