How did human life transition from “cavemen using sticks & stones” to “building bronze statues and conquering the Mediterranean”?


This is a curious history question I had while playing some PC games.

So during this week, I’ve decided to play a bit of Far Cry Primal and then a bit of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (both are Ubisoft games, however that fact is unrelated to the topic), and I had a curious thought:

If those two games accurately depict life back then in their respective time periods, while ignoring the fictional elements (beastmaster stuff, Isu weaponry and animus, etc), what was life like IN-BETWEEN those time periods?

For comparison, in Far Cry Primal, the setting was 10,000 B.C. where villages and clans lived amongst woolly mammoths and sabertooth tigers in the reclining Ice Age. The people lived in huts made of wood, mud, stones, animal bones and fur, and survived the days as hunter-gatherers using weapons of sticks and stones. On the other hand, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set in 431 B.C., where the Greeks have already established civilization in large cities made of marble and statues made of bronze, with trading markets importing all over the Mediterranean, developed farms, organized military, and innovative politics.

What was life like transitioning between those two time periods? Is there a game, story, or documentary that can help depict these events? How did they slowly go about cave people using sticks and stones to a bronze-clad society that is spread across one of the most famous seas?

Source: reddit post


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