By Mikey, Erick, David, and Laolu
Erick Islas-Hernandez, Historian
The Greeks used lots of things in Greece to help them. They used water, trees, dry balls of woad, and plants. They used water for planting, plants were for dye, dry balls of woad were for dying things blue, and trees were for the Archimedean Screw. The Greece area was blessed. They had good weather for crops and ports, mountains for planting, and four seasons for nice weather. Ancient Greece is located today in Greece, Greek owned islands, and some parts of Turkey.
In 3000 B.C. on the island of Crete, the Minoan civilization starts and Ancient Greece was called "the birth place of western civilization", in the 1200's B.C. the soldiers from Mainland Greece, the Mycenaean's, fight troy and win, the Greeks set off by sea to explore and to set up colonies in 800's B.C. when the "Dark Ages ended", the start of the "Archaic" Greek civilization was marked when the first Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in 490 B.C. 10,000 Greeks that were mostly from Athens fight a army of 20,000 Persians that were led by King Darius. It was called The Battle of Marathon and is a famous Greek victory against the Persians, in 480 B.C. closing the mountain pass of Thermopylae are 300 Spartan soldiers that are led by King Leonidas defend an invasion of a huge army of Persians.
Laolu Charles, Archeologist
David Elien - Anthropologist
The ancient Greeks believed in polytheism. That means that they worshiped many gods. Some of their gods were Zeus, Apollo, and Athena. Their gods had many temples and people sacrificed to them. Their gods were very important. Their gods were in a lot of the Greeks myths. Their myths explained many natural things that happen. The Greeks had a very stable religion. That is one reason that they were successful.
The Greeks had a regular social hierarchy, with kings on the top then priest and priestess. Below them were specialty workers and then finally the lowest, slaves. They had cities named after their gods like Athens for Athena. They had tools to make temples and statues. If you go there today you will find buildings like the Parthenon and the Acropolis. The Greeks also had a language; it was a lot like ours. The only difference was that ours have 26 letters and theirs had 24. Their language was called ancient Greek. You can still find ancient Greek in fraternity and sorority organization.