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The so-called Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1960 on the Greek island of Mykonos, is the earliest depiction of the Trojan Horse. The vase dates from about 670 BCE, while the idea of the Trojan Horse is about 500 years older.

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Ancient Greece
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Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek politics, philosophy, art and scientific achievements greatly influenced Western civilizations today.

  • Concepts: ancient civilizations, ancient greece, civic engagement, democracy, educational resources, national geographic education
Social Networking in Ancient Greece
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, communication, social network
Economic Success  in Ancient Greece
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Economic Success in Ancient Greece

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, civics, culture, economics
Ostracism in Ancient Greece
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Ostracism in Ancient Greece

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, democracy, elections, politics, voting
Democracy: People Power
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Democracy: People Power

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, civics, democracy, politics
Philosopher-Kings of Ancient Greece
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Philosopher-Kings of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greeks viewed philosophy as a chance to think critically.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, government, philosophy, politics
Science and Curiosity in Ancient Greece
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Science and Curiosity in Ancient Greece

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, science, scientific method
Religion According to the Ancient Greeks
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Religion According to the Ancient Greeks

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, gods and goddesses, religions, spirituality
Escapist Entertainment and Civic Engagement
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Escapist Entertainment and Civic Engagement

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, arts, civics, entertainment, theater
Free Speech in Ancient Greece
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Free Speech in Ancient Greece

Learn about how the ancient Greeks viewed free speech.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, democracy, first amendment, free speech, rights
Athletics in Ancient Greece
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Athletics in Ancient Greece

Learn how the ancient Greeks viewed athletes and athletics.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, athletes, athletics, olympics
The Greeks
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The Greeks

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: alexander the great, ancient greece, democracy, greece olympia
Greek Monsters
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Greek Monsters

Ancient storytellers may have been inspired by the world around them.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, cryptozoology, fossils, geomythology, history, myths, storytelling
Travels of Odysseus
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Travels of Odysseus

Use this geotour to follow Odysseus and his crew as they encounter nymphs and narcotics, cyclopes and sirens.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: adventure, ancient greece, classics, geotours, literature, mediterranean sea, myths, odysseus, the odyssey
Bull-Leaping
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Bull-Leaping

The modern sport of course Landaise offers ethnoarchaeologists clues about the ancient tradition of bull-leaping.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bull-leaping, culture, ethnography, france, greece, history, spain, sports
Classical Coloring Pages
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Classical Coloring Pages

Download, print, and color statues and buildings from ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Concepts: ancient greece, ancient rome, architecture, art, coloring pages, europe, history
World’s First Actor Takes the Stage
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World’s First Actor Takes the Stage

On November 23, 534 BCE, legend holds that the Greek performer Thespis recited lines as someone other than himself—becoming the world’s first actor.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: acting, ancient greece, theater, thespis
Battle of Marathon
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Battle of Marathon

On September 12, 490 BCE, many historians say the Battle of Marathon ended with a decisive Greek victory over Persian forces.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, athens, battle of marathon, battles, legends, marathons, persia
Fall of Troy
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Fall of Troy

On April 24, 1184 BCE, the city of Troy, in what is today Turkey, fell to invading Greek armies, ending the 10-year-long Trojan War.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, cities, mythology, trojan war, turkey, wars
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1949 Classical Lands of the Mediterranean

Following World War II, Greece endured a bitter civil war that ended a couple months before this map was published in December 1949. This "Classical Lands of the Mediterranean" map celebrates the magnificent history of the Greek, Roman, and Phoenician civilizations with informative inset maps and an...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alexander the great, ancient greece, athens, europe, mediterranean sea, phoenicians, roman empire
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1940 Classical Lands of the Mediterranean

This map was published in March 1940 in an issue of National Geographic entirely devoted to "Classical Lands of the Mediterranean." An abundance of historical notes and detailed inset maps of ancient Athens, Rome, and the Roman Empire illustrate the rich history of the region. This educational map a...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: ancient greece, ancient rome, athens, europe, mediterranean sea, roman empire
Ancient Mariners of the Mediterranean
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Ancient Mariners of the Mediterranean

With 95 percent of the seafloor not yet explored, oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the deep waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas for shipwrecks that can be used to tell the story of ancient civilizations throughout the region. 

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: aegean sea, alien deep, ancient civilizations, ancient greece, civilizations, deep sea archaeology, mediterranean sea, ocean, oceanography, robert ballard
Ancient Shipwrecks of the Black Sea
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Ancient Shipwrecks of the Black Sea

Due to very low levels of oxygen at shallow depths, Black Sea shipwrecks are well preserved when compared to other Mediterranean wrecks from the same time period. Oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the waters of the Black Sea for shipwrecks that can be used to uncover the history and...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, ancient civilizations, ancient egypt, ancient greece, black sea, deep sea archaeology, mediterranean sea, ocean, oceanography, robert ballard