Daily Life in Ancient Greece


How did Pericles strengthen Greek Democracy?

During the Golden Age of Athens (479 B.C. - 431 B.C.), a man named Pericles came to power. He was the most powerful man in the city. He helped lead the Athenian people through peace and war. Pericles became the leader of a democratic group in around 460 B.C. He introduced new reforms, the most important being that the city now had to pay a salary to its officials. This meant that poor people could hold government offices! The greatest accomplishment of Pericles was the construction of the Parthenon. It was part of a reconstruction project to help rebuild the Acropolis at Athens. The Parthenon was built as a place to honor the goddess Athena, the protector of Athens.

Who Were the Twelve Olympians?

Ancient Greeks were polytheistic, meaning they believed in multiple gods and goddesses. The Twelve Olympians were a main group of gods and goddesses that Greeks worshiped. These immortal beings lived on the top of Mount Olympus. Here are their names and titles:

1. Zeus (Jupiter/Jove): King of the Gods

2. Hera (Juno): Queen of the Gods

3. Poseidon (Neptune): The Sea

4. Hades (Pluto):The Underworld

5. Hestia (Vesta): Hearth/Home Fireplace

6 Athena (Minerva): Wisdom/War

7. Artemis (Diana):Moon/Hunt

8. Apollo (Apollo): Light/Music

9. Aphrodite (Venus): Love/Beauty

10. Hephaestus (Vulcan): Fire/Forge Hammer

11. Ares (Mars): War

12. Hermes (Mercury):Messenger/Divine Herald

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About ME!

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! It's Jake! This is my first article on Smore, so I hope you like it because I put a whole bunch of time and effort into it, and if you don't then you're mean and rude....... I'M KIDDING! LOL!

Interesting Factoid!

Did you know that our modern Olympic Games started in Ancient Greece? IT'S TRUE! Festivals were held every four years in Greek city-states to honor their gods. It consisted of food, games, and many events. The first known Olympics took place in 776 B.C.

The Search for Knowledge

Greeks believed that their gods were responsible for everything, but a few people disagreed. They wanted to get proof that gods were not responsible. That took 150 years. That's one heck of a long time to gather evidence JUST to prove to people that nature IS real, and that things DO naturally occur.

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