Pelasgians: the first Greeks

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Pelasgians are the indigenous inhabitants of Greece from which all Greek  groups would emerge and would later be given various names including the known name Hellins (Greeks)

Hellins (Greek) resided in the are covering mainland Greece, Cyprus,the islands of the Aegean Sea, Asia Minor and Black Sea. According to ancient Greek writers Pelasgians are identical to Greeks in terms of language, customs, traditions and regional coverage. Also many ancient writers are aligned that Pelasgians were gradually renamed to Hellins (Greeks).

Thucydides (460-398BC): Pelasgians and Greeks are the same nation.

Evsevios: Pelasgian were masters of the seas before the Minoans, Mykinians, Cypriots and Phonecians.

Herodotus (485/-421/415BC): Greece was knowns as Pelasgia and that the inhabitants of Attica (region of Athens), Cyclades (Islands of the Agean Sea) were Pelasgians

Hesiod (around 700BC): Pelasgians are indigenous to the Greek territory and Dodoni (Asia Minor) is one of its foothold.

Skimnos of Chios:The Pelasgians residing in Hellespontus (also known as the Dardanelles Straight) are indigenous

Plato (427-347BC): Greek tribes/clans originate from the Pelasgians.

Dionysus of Hallicarnasus (70-6BC): Pelasgians are ancient and originate from the Peloponese (region of mainland Greece)

Stravon (64BC-24AD): Pelasgians are indigenous and covered all the broader Hellenic region.

Herodotus and Thucydides: Pelasgian clans and cities were renamed to the known Greek names.


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