By Brogan Walker The Ancient Greeks
Where and when did the Ancient Greeks live? The Greeks lived in Greece and the countries that we now call Bulgaria and Turkey. The earliest Greek people lived nearly 4,000 years ago.
What clothes did the ancient Greeks wear? • The Greeks wore light, loose clothes as the weather was hot for most of the year round. Long pieces of colourful fabric were used to make Greek clothes. • The main item of clothing for men was called tunic, called a Chiton, these were big squares of cloth, held in place by pins at the shoulders and a belt around the waist. They were made from wool in the winter and linen in the summer.
Greek food! The Ancient Greeks grew olives, grapes, figs and wheat and kept goats for milk and cheese. They ate lots of bread and olives. In the summer months there were plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to eat and in the winter they ate dried fruit and food they had stored like apples and lentils. As most of the Greeks lived very near to the sea, they also ate a lot of fish, squid and shellfish.
Greek Houses! • Men and women lived in different parts of the house. • Most houses in Ancient Greek towns were built from stone or clay. The roofs were covered with tiles or reeds, and the houses had one or two storeys.
Greek sports! • Ancient Greeks loved sport and most cities in Greece had public gymnasiums where people gathered to train and relax. The Greeks believed that a healthy body was very important. Most men and boys practiced sports every day because they enjoyed it and wanted to keep fit.