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Cycladic Minoan Mycenian
The term “Aegean art” refers to a cluster of differing cultures that flourished in the area of the Aegean Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. This category of ancient art of classical antiquity – a precursor of Greek art (c.650-27 BCE) – commonly includes three civilizations: the Cycladic, the Minoan and the Mycenean, which first emerged around 2,600 BCE and ended about 1100 BCE. Although later than “Sumerian art”, Aegean cultures coincided with the rise of later forms of Mesopotamian art and Mesopotamian sculpture – such as “Assyrian art” (c.1500-612 BCE) and “Hittite art” (c.1600-1180 BCE) – Aegean artists developed their own styles.