Constructing the Past

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Did Greek city-states create colonies in the ancient world in order to expand their sphere of influence? This is the focus of the article and an extremely important concept to grasp. In order to fully understand how colonies became self-sufficient, an analysis of financial, social, and militaristic values within the colonial society is necessary. Creating a distinction between colony and city-state helps to clarify why members of colonies, such as Methone, sought freedom and independence from their mother-cities.