Ancient Greece

Why Ancient Greece?

Studying ancient history gives students a better sense of the chronology and flow of history as well as a broader knowledge of the world. Increasing knowledge of ancient civilizations is a fun and engaging topic for students.

Streaming Materials

Search the following titles in the catalog. The following are just a sample of what is a available for primary grades. Find even more by searching "Ancient Greece" in the SNAP catalog.

Mystical Monuments Of Ancient Greece

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:51:36, A&E Television Networks, 2005

The glorious temples of Athens's Acropolis bear silent witness to the high point of Ancient Greece's fabled civilization. Built during the rule of the legendary Pericles the most powerful leader in Athens's history majestic temples like the Parthenon and the Erectheum amaze us to this day. Yet what was the real purpose of these stunning structures at the heart of the finest city in the ancient world? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the famous monuments with the men who are unearthing their mysteries, and trace the extraordinary story of how they were built and used.

Ancient Greece: Modern Ship Building

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:45:20, A&E Television Networks, 2005

Ancient Greeks, rather than building roads on land, built seaways and were the masters of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Explore the technology of Greek shipbuilding in the Ancient World and discover how those foundations have given rise to modern watercraft. Consideration is given to vessels of various types, from warships to cargo and passenger craft, and to related technological advances in fields such as navigation and deep-sea diving.

Ancient Greece: Weapons Of Mass Destruction

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:45:04, A&E Television Networks, 2005

Weapons of mass destruction have their prototypes in the weaponry of the Ancient Greeks, such as massive bows that could hurl missiles as far as a quarter-mile. Explore the links between modern weapons and their ancient counterparts.

Ancient Greece, Revised

video, Junior High - Senior High, 00:24:20, New Dimension Media, 2005

Discover one of the most influential cultures in Western Civilization as you tour the Temple of Poseidon, the city of Corinth, the Temple of Zeus, Delphi's Temple of Apollo, Agamemnon's Mycenae, and the island Santorini, perhaps the site of the Atlantis myth. Significance to the Greeks is discussed.

Exploring Ancient Greece: Land and People

video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:20:01, Lucerne Media, 1998

Explores the Geography of Ancient Greece by examining the environment, government in different areas, and the role of the farmer.


video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:02:40, Mazzarella Media, 2013

This live-action video program is about the word Acropolis. The program is designed to reinforce and support a student's comprehension and retention of the word Acropolis through use of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Viewers will see and hear Acropolis used in a variety of contexts providing students with a model for how to appropriately use the word. Related words are also used and reinforced with visuals and text.

Ancient Greece: Environment and Resources

video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:07:34, Distribution Access Inc, 1998

Explores Greek society by looking at environmental factors and resources during ancient times.

Ancient Greece: Farmers and Daily Life

video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:05:30, Distribution Access Inc, 1998

Explores daily life in Ancient Greece by examining the role of the farmer and Greek dependency on trade.

Ancient Greece: Geography and Government

video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:05:39, Distribution Access Inc, 1998

Explores the different forms of Ancient Greek government throughout its geography.

Fact Sheets, Maps & Timelines

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Fact sheets: Use these worksheets while studying Ancient Greece.

The Development of Government in Ancient Greece

Gods of Greece and Rome

Sacred Sites of Ancient Greece

Women in Society I: Greece, the Ancient World

Women in Society II: Greece, the Ancient World

World of Women I: Greece, the Ancient World

World of Women II: Greece, the Ancient World


Greece during the Peloponnesian War

Greece during the Persian Wars



Ancient Greece, 2700 - 460 BCE

Ancient Greece and Macedonia, 460 - 320 BCE

Mycenaean Greece, c. 2000 - 1150 BCE

Women's History Chronology of Events: Greece, 2600 - 30 BCE


Greece: The Myth of Persephone (022436)

digital video disc, PI, 15 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2007

Explore nature myths through the story of Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who finds love with Hades, god of the underworld, when he abducts her and brings her to his home. However, her absence devastates Demeter, and the human world feels the effects of her pain. Zeus negotiates Persephone's return, but she must return to the underworld to see Hades for four months of the year. Demeter rejoices at Persephone's return, but is sad each time she leaves, thereby causing winter. Immerse yourself in the beliefs and traditions of ancient Greece through the captivating animations of this classic nature myth.


digital video disc, PI, 13 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2007

Welcome to Greece! In this program, students will begin their travels in the capital city of Athens, where they will stroll through the National Gardens, watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament building and snack on mezes at an outdoor cafe. And it wouldn't be a trip to Greece without a stop at the Acropolis! Throughout the program, students will learn about some of the cultural traditions, history, climate and politics of Greece, including how the country is actually made up of over 2,000 islands! After a trip up to the top of Mount Lycabettus, students will head to the coastal town of Porto Rafti for a boat ride before attending an Easter celebration.


digital video disc, JS, 48 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 1996

Journey to a land filled with the places around which the ancient mythological tales were spun in this in-depth look at historical Greece, from Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, to Delphi, site of the great oracle shrine and the religious center of the ancient Greeks. Students will also get an up-close look at the legendary Acropolis, symbol of ancient Greece at the height of its power, and explore Epidaurus, the theater that is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture.


digital video disc, JS, 50 min., HISTORY EDUCATION, 2006

From the Parthenon to the Erectheum, this lesson explores the democracy, culture, and theology behind the civilization that built the Acropolis.


digital video disc, PIJSA, 20 min., CHIP TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS,

Five projects that date back to the ancient Greek civilization, they include Olive Wreath, wreaths were a prize in the original Olympics. Archimedes and Mathematical Solids - Archimedes lived from 287-212 B.C., he was a well known Greek mathematician. Greek Pots - many different styles of ceramic pots were used in Ancient Greece, from storage to drinking, they were decorated in many different colors with unique designs. Column Chalkboard - The Doric, Ionic and the Corinthian columns were the most common styles of architectural columns used in ancient Greece. Tragedy Comedy Mask - These masks are the symbol for theater and represent masks worn during the golden age around 500-300 B.C. This was the first time that theater as we know it was written and preformed.


digital video disc, PIJ, 23 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 1998

To the Western world, ancient Greece is one of the most significant civilizations that ever existed. This program presents children with interesting facts about the ancient Greeks and their customs, taking them to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and teaching them about Greek mythology, great Greek leaders and orators, the Olympic Games and the beginnings of democracy. From philosophy and mathematics to new ways of thinking about politics, history, art and science, the Greeks left a lasting legacy that had a great influence on other cultures. Hosted by the intriguing archaeologist, Arizona Smith, and his young detective-in-training, this program includes a teacher's guide featuring additional information on the topic, vocabulary words, discussion questions, follow-up activities and lists of recommended books and Internet resources.

IMAX - GREECE: Secrets of the Past (020962)

digital video disc, JS, 45 min., AMAZON.COM, 2006

The magic of ancient Greek civilization comes to life in a giant screen adventure! From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Everest, comes a dynamic tale of science, archaeological adventure and discovery. Greece: Secrets of the Past takes you to the dawn of democracy and the birthplace of Western Civilization on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world's most enlightened societies. With stunning aerial photography that captures the breathtaking, azure vistas of the Greek Isles, the film is at once a modern detective story and a sweeping archaeological journey back in time. On a scale never before attempted, state-of-the-art CGI recreates the massive eruption that blew Santorini sky-high and to explore the wonder of the Parthenon before it was reduced to ruins. Narrated by Nia Vardalos (star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and with a musical score that will move and inspire, this epic journey of discovery reveals a land of beauty and mystery that ultimately changed history.


digital video disc, JS, 120 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2008

Ancient Greece was a civilization like no other - and now you can see why. Computer graphics, archival film and classic art come together to recreate the past. Tour the Acropolis in the 5th Century B.C. Stand before Delphi's Temple of Apollo where the oracle spoke. Gaze at the Statue of Athena and marvel at the Parthenon. Walk through the Agora, the the Temple of Zeus and Olympia - home of the Olympic Games. Sail to the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. Experience the daily lives and customs of ancient Greeks in this unforgettable journey back to the Golden Age of Greece.


digital video disc, JS, 23 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2004

Why is the periodic table so valuable to chemists? How can such a simple arrangement of the elements be such a powerful tool? The History of the Periodic Table chronicles the historical development of the concept of an "element" from the ideas of ancient Greece through modern quantum theory. Viewers learn that as scientists like Boyle, Dalton and Lavoisier began to recognize patterns in the behavior of chemicals, they sought a unifying principle that would explain why different elements had different properties. Students see how Mendeleev sorted through a mountain of data, looking for a logical organization, and they learn how he was able to predict the properties of elements years before they were even discovered! Includes a look at some of the many patterns found in periods and groups of elements that combine to create the world around us.


Ancient Greek Civilizations (750045)


Students will certainly enjoy "the glory that was Greece" as they learn about ancient Greek civilization through this series of extra-large - 17" x 22" glossy, black & white - photos that present Greece's most famous buildings and sites in a way that promotes recognition and understanding of this astonishing civilization. These photo-posters, because of their size, are ideal for students working in groups and for classroom-wall displays. The four sets of four posters each are supported by teacher's notes, which clearly identify and provide an historical overview of the photos. Each photo challenges students and teachers alike to critically examine the far-reaching legacy of ancient Greece.

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