Earliest historical Greek?

Feb 2019
449
Thrace
#1
Much like Iry-Hor is considered the earliest historical ruler of Egypt, and possibly the earliest-living historical person known by name, who is his Greek counter-part?
 
Feb 2019
449
Thrace
#3
You first have to define "Greek".
Let's say from Athens and Sparta. I imagine those are the places where you're most likely to find the answer.

I assume there is no historically attested individual from the Mycenaean era, so perhaps the 8th or 9th century BC is the searching place in time?
 
Feb 2013
4,313
Coastal Florida
#4
You might consult the Hittite and Linear B corpora. I'm not sure if names of specific rulers have been identified but some Hittite records appear to refer to the Mycenaeans (Greek-speaking ancestors of the populace of Classical Greece) and the Linear B corpus comprises their own written records. Of course, that assumes you view the Mycenaeans as Greeks.
 

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