BBC: Thermopylae It Came From Greek Mythology Activity 1. Rick Riordan Discusses Mythology As an introduction to this curriculum unit, and as a way of leveraging student interest in the Percy Jackson books and movie, have students download and listen to this podcast, or read the transcript, of an interview of Rick Riordan novelist by Sean Hemingway associate curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Note this can be done as homework the night before class.) Here are some questions for students to answer. What is the appeal of mythology according to Riordan? Activity 2. Shortly before introducing Greek hero tales, give students a day or two to each identify a contemporary hero. Encourage students to share their stories of contemporary heroism. Share some Greek hero tales with the class; if practical, use your usual read-aloud time for this. Working as a class, compile a list of the characteristics Greeks admired in a hero. Activity 3. Echo Narcissus Phaethon Icarus Activity 4.
Ancient Greece BBC: Ancient Greeks Who were the ancient Greeks? Who were the ancient Greeks? Discover different ancient Greek cities and find out how they were ruled. How did the Olympic Games begin? Learn how the Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago! What was it like to live in an ancient Greek family? What was everyday life like in ancient Greece? Who were the ancient Greek gods and heroes The Greeks believed in many gods and goddesses. The ancient Greeks at war Learn about ancient Greek soldiers, the Spartan soldier state and read about famous Greek battles. What do we know about ancient Greek culture? Find out what ancient Greek theatre was like and learn about different ancient Greek festivals and art How did the ancient Greeks change the world? What did the ancient Greeks do for us? 3 class clips We have a selection of great videos for use in the classroom Links BBC History for Kids
History.com: Sparta Sparta, also known as Lacedaemon, was an ancient Greek city-state located primarily in the present-day region of southern Greece called Laconia. The population of Sparta consisted of three main groups: the Spartans, or Spartiates, who were full citizens; the Helots, or serfs/slaves; and the Perioeci, who were neither slaves nor citizens. The Perioeci, whose name means “dwellers-around,” worked as craftsmen and traders, and built weapons for the Spartans. All healthy male Spartan citizens participated in the compulsory state-sponsored education system, the Agoge, which emphasized obedience, endurance, courage and self-control. The Helots, whose name means “captives,” were fellow Greeks, originally from Laconia and Messenia, who had been conquered by the Spartans and turned into slaves. Spartans, who were outnumbered by the Helots, often treated them brutally and oppressively in an effort to prevent uprisings.
Ancient Olympic Games, First Olympics in Olympia According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such "pagan cults" be banned. Olympia Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, is in the western part of the Peloponnese which, according to Greek mythology, is the island of "Pelops", the founder of the Olympic Games. Imposing temples, votive buildings, elaborate shrines and ancient sporting facilities were combined in a site of unique natural and mystical beauty. The Games and religion The Olympic Games were closely linked to the religious festivals of the cult of Zeus, but were not an integral part of a rite. Victory Ceremonies The Olympic victor received his first awards immediately after the competition.
Ancient Greeks: Everyday Life, Beliefs and Myths Tragedy and Comedy: Greek Theatre Theatres were invented by the Greeks. They could hold up to 14,000 people and audiences would come from all over Greece. Early Greek theatres were usually built into hillsides and were circular, so that all members of the audience could hear what the actors were saying. The plays were either comedies or tragedies. To help the actors, in front of the stage was the chorus. 2,700 years of the Olympic Games! The Olympic Games began around 776 BC. Over 40,000 spectators would come to watch the events. People still compete in many of these events, but today they are usually very different and much safer. Glossary: Chorus - a group of people who sing together Comedy - showing the funny side of a story Compete - to try to win or do something better than another person Spectators - people who watch an event, like a sport or a play Tragedy - a serious story, or a lesson about right and wrong
MET Museum: Architecture in Ancient Greece Ancient Greek architects strove for the precision and excellence of workmanship that are the hallmarks of Greek art in general. The formulas they invented as early as the sixth century B.C. have influenced the architecture of the past two millennia. The two principal orders in Archaic and Classical Greek architecture are the Doric and the Ionic. In the first, the Doric order, the columns are fluted and have no base. The capitals are composed of two parts consisting of a flat slab, the abacus, and a cushion-like slab known as the echinus. In the Ionic order of architecture, bases support the columns, which have more vertical flutes than those of the Doric order. In general, the Doric order occurs more frequently on the Greek mainland and at sites on the Italian peninsula, where there were many Greek colonies. The architectural order governed not only the column, but also the relationships among all the components of architecture.
Ancient Greece Archimedes | biography - Greek mathematician :: His works There are nine extant treatises by Archimedes in Greek. The principal results in On the Sphere and Cylinder (in two books) are that the surface area of any sphere of radius r is four times that of its greatest circle (in modern notation, S = 4πr2) and that the volume of a sphere is two-thirds that of the cylinder in which it is inscribed (leading immediately to the formula for the volume, V = 4/3πr3). Archimedes was proud enough of the latter discovery to leave instructions for his tomb to be marked with a ... (100 of 2,621 words) <ul><li><a href="/EBchecked/media/57320/Sphere-with-circumscribing-cylinder-The-volume-of-a-sphere-is?