Ancient Greeks Culture and Contributions
The ancient Greek civilizationshares: • A written language • A system of government • Advances in arts and sciences • A common culture
Physical Characteristics Greece is…. • On the continent of Europe • Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea • A peninsula • Hilly and mountainous • Limited in rich soil
Human Characteristics of the Greeks Because of their surroundings, ancient Greeks had to adapt. As a result, they became Farmers Traders Shipbuilders
Greek Men Went to school Worked for physical strength Were voting citizens Played the lyre and other instruments Greek Women Took care of children Learned handicrafts Did not vote Greek Men and Women
The Olympics • Held every four years to honor Zeus • Held atop of Mount Olympus • Only men competed • Winners wore a crown of olive leaves
Greece: The birthplace of democracyDemocracy – people vote on the issues that effect them.
Architecture The Greeks loved columns and used them often. A most famous example is the Parthenon which sat high above the city.
Religion The Greeks believed in many different gods. • Zeus • Athena
The Arts and Sciences • Ancient Greeks were Sculptors Potters Scientists Great thinkers