A look into Athens

THE AGE OF PERICLES

Naked man spotted running in the streets!

Young man, Alexarchos Philon, was found running through the agora nude because the racing events are tonight. Philon said,"I did it to train. The olive oil on me helps to keep the dust off." This technique is used by several other athletes yet has never before seen outside of the stadium. Philon may face minor charges due to public nudity and disruption of peace.

Written by: Julia Upchurch, Carissa Ingram, and Cianna Jones

Sports

The Olympic Games are held in Olympia, and only free men who spoke Greece can compete. These men can come from any social class and participate. Typically these games are meant for you to set and receive personal goals, so team sports aren't usually present. Originally the games only included a stadium race but as time went on, boxing, wrestling, pentathlon, and horse-chariot racing were added. Many of these athletic events were established as parts of religious festivals honoring heroes, gods, or even victorious battles. It was a big deal to win games in the Olympics because when you arrive back home from Olympia, you will receive many awards and a lot of money.

Written by: Carissa Ingram

One of the great philosophers of ancient Greece: Aristotle

A man that not only was a famous Greek philosopher, but a man that contributed his concepts which has been influential for modern ideologies.

Jones: When were you born?

Aristotle: I was born in 384 BC in Stagirus, in Northern Greece.

Jones: Can you tell me about your family, and how you grew up?

Aristotle: My father was named Nicomachus. He was a doctor. He traveled to Macedonia, and became the court physician to King Amyntas of Macedonia because he was unhappy with the living conditions in his area. My mother is named Phaestis. She took care of my siblings and I. A have a brother who is named Arimnestus, and a sister who is named Arimneste. Both of my parents died when I was young, so my uncle, Proxenus, was the one in charge of me; until I went to Athens to study at the academy that Plato ( (a philosopher) founded.

Jones: How long were you at the academy?

Aristotle: I was a the academy for 20 years; until Plato's death. I was going to take his place, but I didn't like the way he handled some of his philosophies treaties.

Jones: What were your plans after Plato's death?

Aristotle: I left for Asia Minor where I visited a good friend of mine, Hermias of Atameus. While as I was in Asia Minor, I met and married a women named, Pythias. Pythias and I had a girl who's name was Pythias too.

Jones: Were you in a good and happy place in Asia Minor with your family and friend?

Aristotle: I was so happy, but soon my friend Hermias died. It was a bittersweet thing because I got invited back to Macedonia by King of Macedon, Philip II, to teach his son, Alexander the Great.

Jones: What did it mean to you to teach Alexander the Great?

Aristotle: It was a great opportunity. It taught me to see that I can teach people in the ways that I see things. Since i wanted to teach so badly, I went back to Athens and established my own school called, Lyceum. I taught philosophy ( literature and politics), and I taught for 12 years.

Jones: Did your life change once you established your school?

Aristotle: My wife died, but soon after i married again to Herpyllis, who gave me a son named Nicomachus which was named after my father.

Jones: How were your last moments?

Aristotle: I was accused of showing no respect to the gods with my philosophical ideas, so i left Athens and went to Halkis. There I died of natural causes in 322 BC.

Jones: What did you believe and based your work off of?

Aristotle: I considered my philosophy based science, literature, and politics mainly. Some fields I studied were biology, zoology, physics, anatomy, metaphysics, theology, rhetoric, geology, meteorology, psychology.

Jones: If you had a quote, what would it be?

Aristotle: " He who studies how things originated...will achieve the clearest view of them."

I thank you for showing and agreeing to do this interview with me. I have learned a lot, and I soon many will too.

By: Cianna Jones

Rejecting the Status Quo?

For many years, the Greek society has been under strict customs. The male and female children play separately, and men and women don't converse. As a new generation of citizens moves in, some are starting to get a change of mind. One lady, who asked to remain anonymous, stated, "I understand girls and boys have different roles to play in society, but we all want that extra free time to socialize. I mean, who wants to be stuck inside a house all day while boys go off watching acts and playing sports." This change of view have caused many people to wonder if they should change society or keep it as is. The answer is up to you. Any comments or questions? Contact us at 1-800-CHA-NGE.


Written by: Julia Upchurch


The Odyssey by Homer

“Epic” action that kept the pages turning! I would give this marvelous epic a full 5 stars! Homer’s The Odyssey tells of the journey Lord Odysseus, who was at war in Troy for 10 years, took to get back to his home, Ithaca. From the love story of Odysseus trying to get back to his wife Penelope, to the amazing battle with the Cyclops, Odysseus’s journey had many ups and down. All in all, I couldn't put this book down! Go pick up a copy of The Odyssey today!

Written by: Carissa Ingram