“Not everyone can sail to Corinth” said the ancient Greeks, meaning that through those years of prosperity not everyone had the financial ability to visit this rich and powerful city. But things were not always like that. Going further back in time, we see that in the exact area that Ancient Corinth was built, stood a small neolithic establishment, 3000 years earlier.
The abundant waters and the imposing rock of Acrocorinth that offered ideal protection have always been the main reasons that people wanted to settle here. There are important findings that indicate the presence of tribes from Thessaly, around 1000 BC but the arrival of the Dorians somewhere around 900 BC was the event that marked the future course of the territory. In the 8th century BC Corinthians founded two major colonies in the West, Corfu and Syracuse.
It is believed that this early colonization is largely due to a sudden and large increase in the population. So, the establishment of wealthy colonies brought great development in the economy, with strong performance in shipping and exporting handicraft products. So when the economy is doing well and trade flourishes what comes next? Art of course. Great examples of which are the protocorinthian and Corinthian vases, written metopes of Thermon, the shrine of Cypselus and many others. In the 5th century BC Ancient Corinth was one of the three greatest cities of Greece and you can certainly guess which were the other two.
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