Ancient Greece

By: Hannah & Fiona

Entertainment!

For the ancient Greeks, the Olympic games existed since mythical time. These games occurred about every 4 years. Of course women were not allowed to compete in these games and they often were not allowed to watch them either. Still this was a popular source of entertainment (especially for men) in those times.Festivals were a time to sacrifice to their many mythical gods but, they were also an important kind of entertainment. There were competitions in music, poetry, drama and also athletics.If men did not have any busy work to do they often spent their free time going to theaters. The dramas playing were often about ongoing politics or the Greek gods. Children in ancient Greece were usually occupied in games. Some games were marbles, dice, checkers and Knucklebones. Greek boys played games like hockey. Although Greek girls were not allowed to do much physical entertainment games they did play board games like marbles.Music was an important part of ancient Greece entertainment, the Greeks were usually music lovers. Music was performed at daily activities, festivals, theaters, public gatherings, and ceremonies.They played harps, pipes, lyres, flutes, and a wide variety of percussion instruments such as tambourines, cymbals and castanets. Knucklebones was the most popular game played by children and adults. It is kind of like jacks game. Greek men loved for entertainment drinking parties or symposium. This included men, no women allowed.

Religion

Ancient Greece people recognized the greek gods and godesses Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Hera, Aphrodite, Ares, Demeter, Artemis, Hermes, Hephaestus, Dionysus, Hypnos, Hades, Nike, Janus, Nemesis, Iris, Hecate and Tyche. People in Ancient Greece believed that invisible powerful spirits and gods that could control what happens to you. Also, that people could control them through prayer, living a good life, and prayers. To them the most important gods were the ones that caused natural things. In some families you would pray for a sick child or success in either races or a safe trip. Ancient Greeks believed that good things happened to good people and bad things for bad people, so they did good deeds.

Culture

Food in Ancient Greece consisted of grains, figs, wheat to make bread, barley, fruit, vegetables, breads, and cake. People in Ancient Greece also ate grapes, seafood of all kinds, and drank wine. They also kept goats, for milk and cheese. They sometimes hunted for meat. Greek clothing was very simple. Men and women wore linen in the summer and wool in the winter. Clothes could be bought at markets but, they were often very expensive. Usually families made their own clothes, which were simple tunics and warm cloaks, made of linen or wool, that was dyed or colored. Clothes were made by the mother, her daughters, and female slaves. Women kept their hair long, in braids, arranged on top of their head, or wore their hair in ponytails. Headbands, made of ribbon or metal, were also very popular those days. Dance was very important to the ancient Greeks. They believed that dance improved both physical and emotional health.

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Fun Facts!!!

  • The ancient Greeks considered their children to be 'youths' until they reached the age of 30!!!!
  • The Greeks had some strange superstitions about food – some wouldn’t eat beans as they thought they contained the souls of the dead!
  • Ancient Greek children slept in whicker baskets until they were seven years old!!
  • Greeks consume more olive oil per capita than any other group of people!
  • Events at the Greek’s Olympics included wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus and chariot racing. But those taking part in the wrestling event had to be the toughest, as there were hardly any rules – and they had to compete naked. Eek!