Come to the New And Improved Athens

Philosophy, Science, Math, Architecture, Sports, and Theater

Philosophy

  • Athenians loved to talk and argue, in the sheltered area’s the men usually talked about nature, trading idea’s, and what the natural world was made of and how it worked.

  • They got taught by a man named Socrates who asked them questions and forced them to think by the way he asked them.

  • They are the ones that made a democracy where they would be able to argue about stuff.

Theater

  • They excelled in drama and going to the theater was a regular part of Athenian life.

  • Men played all the characters, both male and female because there were no women actors in ancient Greece.
  • Most Greek plays were drama’s and comedy's that you almost always see in movie’s today.

Sports

  • The Greeks had often held athletic events to honor the gods and goddesses.

  • In Athens, games were held as a part of the Panathenaea, a festival that honored the goddess Athena.

  • The games included combat sports, like boxing and wrestling.

Architecture

  • The Greeks built their temples as beautiful dwelling places for the gods and goddesses rather than a place to worship.

  • The temples show the importance of balance and order in the Greeks’ idea of beauty.

  • They had three main types of columns that they used to build buildings they were called Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

Science

  • The earliest Greeks thought that illnesses and accidents were punishments sent by the gods.

  • For centuries, the Greeks believed that the gods and goddesses controlled natural events, including health and sickness, they didn’t know about the natural causes of disease and healing.

Math

  • One such scientist, Pythagoras, believed that numbers were the key to understanding nature. He started a school where students developed mathematical theories.

  • Geometry comes from a Greek word that means “to measure land.” Pythagoras was fascinated by geometry.

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