Greek And Vikings Motivation For Colonization

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The Greeks and the Vikings’ motivation to colonize has much to do with outside pressure from other civilizations along with geography. When asking the Greeks directly their motivations for colonizing, they answer as follows, “In many ways, they were forced to leave home; they are unwilling colonists, driven from home by a myriad of catastrophic events.” (Dougherty 16) There is a story from the historian where a man named Grinus was told by an oracle (a prophet in a way) that he should settle in Libya. “the Pythoness gave him for answer, "that he should found a city in Libya. When the embassy returned to Thera, small account was taken of the oracle, as the Therans were quite ignorant where Libya was… Seven years passed from the utterance of

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