What affect did geography have on Ancient Greek social, political, and economic development?

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The development of ancient Greece is heavily influenced by geography. The geographic features of Greece isolated the area, especially in ancient times. Due to geography, the ancient Greek civilizations developed unique cultures.

If we look at Greece today, a few features stand out. Greece is very mountainous, which played a key role in Greek development in a couple ways. The mountains provided protection for the ancient Greek city-states that developed. Mountains serve as a natural boundary that often prove to be difficult for attacking armies to cross. This also led to greater isolation of the Greek city-states, as the mountains provided a barrier to increased contact. As a result of isolation, city-states developed, each with its own government and culture. Some city-states, such as Athens, began to utilize an early democratic system, while other city-states had more...

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