Dorians
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Dorians

People of ancient Greece. They arrived in the Peloponnesus between 1100 and 950 B.C., drove out the Achaeans (see Achaea), and rapidly extended their influence. Sparta and Crete were Dorian centers. The Dorians' arrival inaugurated a period of Greek decline, but they did contribute to Greek culture, particularly in the Doric style of architecture.