Ancient Greece

Chini Lahoti, Laurel Parsley, Blake Brown, Jorge Perez

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Government/Political Structure

The majority of the states in Greece were owned by rich landowners. They were called aristocrats. Which means “Best People”. From 1100 BC to the eighth century BC were the dark age for Greek, very little things were uncovered about it. Greece started emerging from the dark ages, they adapted from the Mycenaean language and switched to Greek. Greece was separated into many small self governed areas. Greece started to recover economically and it’s population was growing rapidly, to the point where they reached overpopulation. The Greeks began about 250 years of expansion, by settling in colonies in every direction. The Greeks started to seperate themselves into smaller self dependant communities.


  • Society- Free people and Slaves

  • Very few slaves were skilled and got paid

  • Free Men divided in Citizens and Metics

  • Citizen- most powerful group; born into Athens; could take part in gov’t

    • Compulsory service in the army, expected to be gov’t officials, part in jury service

  • Metic- foreign born; either to trade or practice crafting

    • pay taxes; sometimes serve in army

    • no full rights like Citizen, no rights in court

    • can’t own houses or land

  • Social Ladder- only men had a social status; women got right from their spouse

    • Women were not allowed to take part in public life


  • They believed in greek gods and goddesses

    • Chaos=>Age of Creation=>The Golden Age=>The Age of the Gods=>Creation of Men (and women)

    • Each god represents something like Zeus is the god of the sky, Poseidon is the sea god, Hades is lord of the underworld, and etc.

Unique Features

  • They used an older version of our modern lunar calendar. It had 354 days and 12 months and matched up with the solar calendar by adding an extra month every year.

  • They were instrumental in modern mathematics. (Pythagoras)

  • They created a very intricate polytheistic religion consisting of many stories and legends.

  • The home of many famous philosophers such as, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, and Aristotle.

  • Original place where olympics were held.

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