3000 BC - 2000 BC
The Cycladic civilization of the Aegean Sea flourished at about the same time as the early Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations and is considered the forerunner of the first truly European civilization in Greece. The sculpture produced by the artisans of the Cyclades was unique compared to the art being produced by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians. These sculptures are commonly called Cycaldic idols. Probably the most striking characteristic of Cycladic sculpture is its geometric, two-dimensional nature, which has a strangely modern familiarity.