Our new enquiry is history based and focuses on life in Ancient Greece. Throughout the enquiry we will be looking at what life was like for everyday people and we will study this through looking at a variety of different sources. Use the information, links and videos below to find out more!
Ancient Greece was a civilization that dominated much of the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. At its peak under Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece ruled much of Europe and Western Asia. The Greeks came before the Romans and much of the Roman culture was influenced by the Greeks. Ancient Greece formed the foundation of much of Western culture today. Everything from government, philosophy, science, mathematics, art, literature, and even sports was impacted by the Ancient Greeks.
Fun Facts about Ancient Greece
- They ate dinner while lying on their sides.
- They invented the yo-yo which is considered the 2nd oldest toy in the world after the doll.
- About one third of the population of some city-states were slaves.
- There were more city-states than just Sparta and Athens, Ancient Greece had around 100 city-states.
- The Romans copied much of the Greek culture including their gods, architecture, language, and even how they ate!
- Pheidippides was a Greek hero who ran 150 miles from Marathon to Sparta to get help against the Persians. After the Greeks won the war, he ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory. This is where the marathon running race gets its name.
- When law trials were held in the city of Athens, they used large juries of 500 citizens. That’s a lot more than the 12 we use today.
(The above content comes from http://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_greece.php)
Click the picture below to visit the BBC Ancient Greeks site. Here you will find lots of games and information.
Click the coin below to visit the Children’s University where you will find out lots of fascinating Greek facts!
Why not click the picture below to do some of your own research about different aspects of Greek life.
Click here to find out more from the British museum.
Or click here to create your own Greek pot!
Greek myths are a huge part of the history of Ancient Greece. If you click the picture below you can visit a website to learn about some of the key myths.
Have a look at the gallery below to see some of the sites in Ancient Greece today and to look at examples of Greek pottery.