Greek History

Ryan G.

Pericles

Pericles was the most powerful man in Athenian politics. This well-educated, intelligent man had the best interests of his city at heart. Pericles was a member of the Aristocrat family, but he supported democracy. Around 460 B.C., he became leader of a democratic group. He introduced reforms that strengthened democracy. The most important change was to have the city pay a salary to it's officials. One of the most important accomplishments under Pericles rule was the construction of the Parthenon, which honored Patron, Protector, Athens, and the goddess Athena.

Gods Among Us

Greek Gods, and Goddesses

These Gods and Goddesses were known as immortal, meaning that they live forever. Many Greek citizens honored these creatures in many ways. They built temples, sacrificed food or other valuables, and even prayed to specific ones depending on what they wanted. The King of the gods, Zeus, was the in charge of everything. He lived on Mt. Olympus, and was known to be welding a lightning bolt.

The Search for Knowledge

The Arts

Visual and Dramatic Art

Athenians were the first people to know how to write dramas. Among the city's greatest achievements were plays written and produced in the 400's B.C. during the Golden Age. Some of the most famous Greek plays were tragedies. In most plays, the author used the chorus to give background information, comment on the events, or praise the gods.
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The Parthenon

This magnificent building brought Greek architecture to it's highest point. The temple was made for the goddess Athena. The temple was made form fine marble. Rows of columns surrounded it on all four sides. Within the Columns was a room that held the statue of Athena, made of wood, ivory, and gold. The statue rose 40 feet, as high as a four story building. This beautiful monument reflects the goals of the Greek art.

The History of Greece

I enjoyed learning about how the 12 Olympians played such a big role in the ancient Greek's lives, and how the Greek's took upon them to pray, sacrifice, or give things to the many different types of Gods.