Considered by many to be the first Greeks, the Mycenaean elevated their culture through the conquest of others. Located primarily on the Greek mainland, this power would come to rule over thousands of people before setting their sites on their Minoan neighbors to the south. With the island of Crete only a short distance away, the Mycenaean conquered the Minoan people and ended their way of life. Although a complete victory, it was only then that the Myceneans truly flourished as their adopted and adapted Minoan civilization to make themselves the most powerful force in the region. On this episode we discuss the rise and fall of the Mycenaeans, the first Greeks.