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Miletus

Miletus
 
Miletus was first occupied in 1400 B.C. by Minoans from Crete, then Mycenaeans from the Peloponnese, then by refugees from Greece during the Dorian invasion. It prospered and grew wealthy from colonies on the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and even in Egypt. Miletus became the most important of the cities of Ionia, and was one of the first cities in the ancient world to mint coins.
 
 
Because of its contacts with the Phoenicians at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, Miletus may have been the mediator that brought the Phoenician alphabet into the Aegean region – and this in turn became the Greek alphabet!
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