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  Investigate the Daily life 
     of  the People of Ancient Greece     
                                                                                   
  

 

This is an image of the Acropolis.
For this image and other Great Greece Images See:
http://www.indiana.edu/~kglowack/athens/acropolis.htm

 

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Investigate the Ancient Greeks Explore Character Traits of the Heroes
Discover the Myth Maker in You  |  Inspire others to be Good People

 

 

Essential Question:

What does it mean to be a great person, a hero?

 

Introduction:

For as far back in in time as we know, people have looked up to others who are especially good people.  We have called these good people, heroes.  Heroes have always shown the behaviors that the people of the time felt to be important and honorable.  

I believe that to really understand why the people looked up to their heroes we must understand what behaviors their society felt to be important. The Ancient Greeks thought so deeply about what made someone a good person that I suggest we must ask ourselves, "what did the ancient Greeks believe made someone a good person?"  To learn about this we must investigate the Ancient Greeks to find out how they lived their lives and what behaviors they felt to be important.  

When we look at the daily life of the Ancient Greeks our investigations may not immediately give us the exact answers that we are looking for.  We might have to dig deep, stick with it, make our own conclusions based on what information that we have.  For instance, we may learn that the Ancient Greeks spent a lot of their time playing sports.  We could make a conclusion from this that the Ancient Greeks thought that people who were athletic were good people. 

What are your thoughts on studying the Ancient Greeks to gain a better understanding of what they felt that it meant to be a good person?

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Use books, online resources, software, videos, or ask experts to investigate what daily life would be like if you lived in that Ancient Greece.  Make sure that you look for clues that could lead you to understand what the Ancient Greek people believed would make someone a good person.  Then, apply your knowledge of Ancient Greece to create a "Code of Conduct" that the citizens of Ancient Greece could live and learn by.  A "Code of Conduct" that would follow to become good people.

 

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Great Greek Books:

 

 

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Online Resources:

Daily life in Ancient Greece

Meet the Greeks  Easy to understand descriptions of what life was like for the men, women, boys, and girls of Ancient Greece.
Greek Names  A simple list of Greek names for girls and boys.

 

Education in Ancient Greece 

Education  Artifacts with brief description.
Education in Ancient Greece  Learn about how kids from different parts of Ancient Greece were educated.
Education in Athens  Good description of education in Athens.
Education in Sparta  Wow!  These Spartans were a rough crowd!
The Greek Alphabet  The writing of the Ancient Greeks.
Greek Alphabet  Not fancy but thorough. 

 

Dress in Ancient Greece

Dress in Ancient Greece  This slide show gives a good feel for the dress of the Ancient Greek.
Dress like a Greek  Good information on the look of Ancient Greeks.
Clothing and Costumes of Ancient Greece  Good descriptions with links to clear images.
What did the Greeks wear? Clear description of Greece Dress?

 

Entertainment in Ancient Greece

Toys and Games O.K.!  There was no Nintendo but the kids had a blast anyways!
Athletics in Ancient Greece  Being a good athlete was very valued by the Ancient Greeks.
What did the Greeks like to do?  You can learn what the people of Ancient Greece did for fun!
Greek Sports  The Greeks really love sports.  Free Greek Men held Olympic games to test their athletic abilities.

 

Homes in Ancient Greece

Houses  What were the homes like in Ancient Greece?
The Ancient Greek House  detailed description of an Ancient Greek House.
Greek Architecture  Good descriptions.  Follow the links to some great illustrations.
Where do Greeks Live?  Clear description of Greek Homes from Odyssey.

 

Food in Ancient Greece

Food  Chow Down Ancient Greek style!
Greek Foods and How To Prepare Them   Yummy!
Greek Agriculture  Very clear description of Greek Food!
What did the Greeks like to eat?  Most Greeks ate well.  Check it out!

 

Maps of Ancient Greece

Cultural Map Of Ancient Greece  Dry Presentation but the information is excellent!
Maps of Ancient Greece  Learn all the hot spots in Ancient Greece!
Interactive Map of Ancient Greece  Great Start to find general locations of places.
Maps of Greece  Great close up maps of Ancient Greece.
Map of Ancient Greece  The Way that it was in Ancient Greece.

 

Greek City States and Daily Life

Argos

Argos (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site.

Argos (Theater and Agora)
Argos (Larissa "Castle")

You are an Argive

 

Athens

The Ancient City of Athens  Difficult reading but there is some great information.
Athens in Images Lot's of modern photographs of the Ancient Sites!
Athens (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site.

Athens (Acropolis)
Athens (Agora)
Athens (South Slope)
Athens (Pnyx and Philopappus Hill)
Athens (Roman Agora)

You are an Athenian  What would your life be like if you were a Athenian?
Education in Athens  Good description of education in Athens.
Images of Ancient Athens  The name says it all.

 

Corinth

Corinth in Images  Lot's of modern photographs of the Ancient Sites!
Corinth (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site 
You are a Corinthian  What would your life be like if you were a Corinthian?

 

Delphi

Delphi in Images Lot's of modern photographs of the Ancient Sites!
Delphi (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site 
Images of Delphi  The name says it all.

 

Mycenae

Mycenae in Images  Lot's of modern photographs of the Ancient Sites!
Mycenae  (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site 

 

Megara

You are a Megarian  What would your life be like if you were a Megarian?

 

Olympia

Olympia in Images  Lot's of modern photographs of the Ancient Sites!
Olympia (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site 

 

Sparta

Sparta (Quick Time) Interactive exploration of an archeology site 
You are a Spartan What would your life be like if you were a Spartan?
Education in Sparta  Wow!  These Spartans were a rough crowd!
Military  The Spartan army was a great army.

 

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Activity:

Aristotle (a famous Greek philosopher) believed that people learned best and could be good people when they had clear guidelines or laws.  Your job will be to learn about what the Ancient Greeks felt made someone a good person and then develop a "Code of Conduct" that all citizens could follow to become good people.  Choose one behavior that the Ancient Greeks believed a good person would exhibit and create a PowerPoint Slide to teach others about these Ancient Greeks beliefs.  Combine each persons one slide to create a class "Code of Conduct" PowerPoint presentation. 

***See our Teacher's Tips page for further details on this
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Revisit the Question:

What does it mean to be a great person, a hero?


For further consideration:
Do you have a hero that you can look up to as a good person?  What makes that person an especially good person?  Are your reasons for looking up to this person as a hero similar to the reasons that the Ancient Greeks had?

 

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