By: Hannah & Fiona
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.
- 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!