More Athens vs. Sparta!

Spartan soldier

Infantry soldier from Athens

See if you can find three reasons you would have liked to live in either Athens or in Sparta!  Use these web sites or find your own!  Please leave a comment to tell us what you found!

Here’s a funny take-off on the reality show “Wife Swap”:


Forms of Government in Ancient Greece: Poll!


Olive oil and the Economy of Ancient Greece!


Olive oil was very important to the Ancient Greek standard of living!

Can you name three uses for olive oil in Ancient Greece?

Here are some interesting web sites on the subject:

Olive Tree of Vouves

This ancient olive tree is located on the Greek island of Crete and is one of seven olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Although its exact age cannot be verified, the Olive Tree of Vouves might be the oldest among them, estimated at over 3,000 years old. It still produces olives, and they are highly prized. Olive trees are hardy and drought-, disease- and fire-resistant — part of the reason for their longevity and their widespread use in the region
3,000 year-old olive tree in Crete

3,000 year-old olive tree in Crete

Athens vs. Sparta!

Would you liked to have lived in Sparta or in Athens?  Here are a few web sites to get you started on your research!

Monarchy, Oligarchy, Theocracy and Democracy

The four types of Greek government we will be studying are:

  1. Monarchy:  A monarchy means in  Greek, “ruled by one”. In a monarchy the city-state was ruled by one ruler or  king. The family of the  king or ruler could come to power.
  2. Oligarchy:  An oligarchy in Greek means “ruled  by few”. In an oligarchy a small group of the richest and most powerful citizens  controlled decision making.
  3. Democracy:  A democracy is what we have  today. It means in Greek “rule by the people”. Citizens got to vote on  decisions.
  4. Theocracy:  Government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. In many theocracies, government leaders are members of the clergy, and the state’s legal system is based on religious law.

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The Rise of the Greek City-States!

Here’s something about how the Greek City-States got started:

Do you know what influence Greece’s geography (specifically mountains) had on the rise of the city-states?  Leave a comment!

Ancient Greece’s Influence on the Architecture of Washington D.C.!

Our country’s capitol, Washington D.C., has many examples of Ancient Greek architecture (columns).  Can you find pictures of the three types we are studying?  Here is one web site to get you started.

Ionic columns on the White House

Do you see the scrolls at the top of the columns?

Greek Alphabet!

Greek Alphabet Song!

Can you write your name using Greek letters?  Here’s a link that will help!

greek alphabet

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses!


Here’s a link to History Channel videos:

Family Tree of the Greek Gods and Goddesses: