Ancient Greece

A brief description of the ancient peoples

The Country

The capital of Greece is Athens, named after the goddess Athena. Mount Olympus is the highest point in the country because it is 2,917 meters high. The land is mostly rocky land. They had a mild climate.

The People of Greece

The population is 10,775,557 ( rank 79). About 98% is male and about 96% is women.The expectancy for male is 78, while women is 83. The people of Greece speak Greek. The Greeks believed in certain gods and goddesses like Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Artemis,Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera.

The Life of the People of Greece

Most girls married in their mid teens. Men marry around age 30. Before marriage, girls were under legal control of her father. After marriage, girls were under legal control of her husband. The husband is also the leader of the family.The wife ran the household and raised the kids. The Greeks also manufactured all things by hand.

The Foods

The people of Ancient Greece had a diet based on grains, fruits, and vegetables. They ate pork, beef, lamb, and goat. Certain foods, such as olives, garlic, lemons and herbs have become the main ingredients or seasonings to a lot of foods which give Greek foods its unique flavor. Most of the Greeks were farmers and they ate there own plants. They ate olives because Athena "gave" them the olive tree. Greek coffee, also known as Turkish coffee is the most popular drink in Greece.

Greek National Anthem - Translated

I recognise you from
The fearsome sword's blade ,
I recognise you from the look
who measures the earth in hurry.

From holly bones of Greeks ,
valiant as before,
Hail, oh hail, Liberty!

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Jobs in Greece

Men had many jobs like being a farmer, fishermen, soldier, teacher, government worker, and craftsmen. However, women were generally homemakers, and would raise children and cook meals for them.

When a Greek child was born, the father could decide whether to keep the child or not. If the child appeared weak or was a girl, sometimes the father would abandon the child. Once a child was accepted by the father, he or she was treated well. Greek children had toys and spent the day playing games. When boys became seven years old, they started school. They learned math, reading, and writing. Sometimes they would also learn a musical instrument. When they got older they learned how to debate. Girls did not go to school. Children were considered adults by the age of 13.