When did the greek civilization begin and end?

Ancient Greek civilization had a long and illustrious history. Historical and archaeological records indicate that the civilization had its earliest beginnings in the Neolithic Age (6000 B.C.E. and later), although it wasn't until 500 B.C.E. that what we now know as "Classical Greece" took shape. It is customary to mark the end of Ancient Greece in the middle of the 2nd century (B.C.E), when Rome conquered the last remaining centers of resistance among the Greek societies.