The roots of all of Western art were laid down in the momentous invasions of the Indo-European peoples into the Mediterranean area in about 2000 BC. These invasions that we now refer to as the Indo-European Invasions brought a new people into the Mediterranean world, people with horses and chariots and a completely new culture. They came with chariots from the Ukraine and Russian steppe region. The culture they brought with them was the basis for the new societies in Greece, Italy, and Central Europe.
The Visual Arts: A History,
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