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Ancient Greece

Teach about the ancient Greeks and how they informed today's democracies

Parthenon construction on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece.

The Parthenon, on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, was the main temple dedicated to the Greek goddess of war, handicraft, and wisdom, Athena.

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Ancient Greek politics, philosophy, art and scientific achievements greatly influenced Western civilizations today. One example of their legacy is the Olympic Games.

Use the videos, media, reference materials, and other resources in this collection to teach about ancient Greece, its role in modern day democracy, and civic engagement. 

 


Videos

The Greek Guide to Greatness videos illustrate how the ancient Greeks influenced modern democracy, entertainment, and thought

Ostracism in Ancient Greece

Ostracism in Ancient Greece  

Learn about how the ancient Greeks voted citizens—including political leaders—out of office.

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Social Networking in Ancient Greece  

Learn about how the ancient Greeks viewed the sharing of ideas as an important part of learning.

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Free Speech in Ancient Greece  

Learn about how the ancient Greeks viewed free speech.

Democracy: People Power

Democracy: People Power  

Learn how democracy in the United States is different from that of the ancient Greeks.

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Athletics in Ancient Greece  

Learn how the ancient Greeks viewed athletes and athletics.

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Escapist Entertainment and Civic Engagement  

Learn how ancient Greek theater paved the way for modern-day entertainment.

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Religion According to the Ancient Greeks  

Learn how the ancient Greeks viewed the role of religion in their everyday lives.

Science and Curiosity in Ancient Greece

Science and Curiosity in Ancient Greece  

Learn how the ancient Greeks departed from blind faith and religion as an explanation for all things unknown.

Economic Success  in Ancient Greece

Economic Success in Ancient Greece  

Learn how ancient Greeks viewed the success of the individual as the success of the community.

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Philosopher-Kings of Ancient Greece  

Learn how the ancient Greeks viewed philosophy as a chance to think critically.


The Greeks GeoStory

The Greeks

The Greeks  

Navigate your way through ancient Greece, exploring unique artifacts and important individuals along the way.


Media

Use the photos, maps, articles, and blogs to teach your students about ancient Greece and how it influences our lives today


Reference

Learn more about key topics with these informational texts

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diplomacy  

Encyclopedic entry. Diplomacy is the art and science of maintaining peaceful relationships between nations, groups, or individuals. Often, diplomacy refers to representatives of different groups discussing such issues as conflict, trade, the environment, technology, or maintaining security.

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jury  

A legal jury is a group of people selected to determine specific facts, according to specific evidence.

Archaeologist brushes away dirt from a sculpture.

archaeology  

Archaeology is the study of the human past using material remains. These remains can be any objects that people created, modified, or used.

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civilization  

Civilization describes a complex way of life characterized by urban areas, shared methods of communication, administrative infrastructure, and division of labor.


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