Ancient Greece Internet Project


Ancient Greece Unit

Pretend that you have the opportunity to invite three ancient Greeks to a dinner party that you are hosting for your family and friends. You should invite three individuals who can answer this question clearly: What should be remembered about the history and culture of ancient Greece? Your honored guests can be actual people, like Socrates, Sappho, or Alexander the Great. Or they can be fictional characters based on historical fact, such as an Olympic athlete, a Spartan soldier, or an Athenian slave. At least one should be a man and at least one should be a woman.

In order to make your honored guests feel welcome at your party, you will need to create a special invitation for your friends and family. The invitation must include these elements:


A visually appealing cover that includes details about when, where, and why the party is being held.


A one-page biography of each of the three ancient Greek figures who will be at the party. Each biography must include


the name and occupation of the figure, written as a title (for example, "Socrates the Philosopher" or "Helen, an Athenian slave").


a quotation associated with the figure, written as a subtitle.


a paragraph summarizing the most important details about the life of the figure, including when and where he or she lived. ("I led a very interesting life in ancient Greece. I was born in ____________.")


a paragraph describing what important part of the history and culture of ancient Greece the figure will discuss with your other guests. ("I am important to remember when learning about ancient Greece because ____________.")


a drawing of an artifact that this figure might bring to the dinner party and a three- to four-sentence caption describing the artifact and its significance. ("This artifact is a ____________. I brought this to the dinner party because ____________.")


Proper grammar, spelling, and a bibliography for written primary sources.

Refer to the Internet Connections for this unit to help you research your topics.


Ancient Greece Internet Connections


Daily Life in Ancient Greece
What was life really like in ancient Greece? This site includes information on such topics as families, toys, pets, houses, food, clothing, hairstyles, and schooling. There is also a section called "Meet Your Fellow Olympians" that tells you how you would behave if you were an Olympic athlete from Sparta, Athens, Corinth, Argos, or Megara. This site is especially helpful for exploring life in two city-states: Athens and Sparta.

Ancient Greek Heroes from Plutarch's Lives

Did Alexander the Great really tame a wild horse as a young boy? How did Pericles create one of the most magnificent cities in the ancient world? Here you will find translations of the ancient writer Plutarch's stories of noteworthy ancient Greeks. Among them are included stories of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur; Plato, student of Socrates; and even Plutarch himself. An added resource is the vocabulary guide for more difficult terms. This is also a useful source for accounts of the battles in the Persian Wars.

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Created as a supplement to the PBS documentary series on ancient Greece, this site allows you to take in "The Acropolis Experience," which includes a virtual tour of the Acropolis. The timeline is an excellent start to any research exploration, including that of famous Greek figures. Worth visiting is the section "The Greeks Interactive," where you can try different scenarios to see what your life would have been like if you had lived in ancient Athens or listen to ancient Greek to learn how to speak like the ancients. This site is great for discovering the Golden Age of Athens.

Hellenic Ministry of Culture

It is amazing to think of all the wonderful contributions made by the ancient Greeks. From architecture to theater, the ancient Greeks left our world many special gifts. At this site, a visitor can click on "The Cultural Map of Greece" and then on a particular geographic area to reveal a map of ancient ruins in that region. Select a specific ruin and an informative page will appear with photographs and facts. This site is wonderful for examining the legacy of ancient Greece.

Landmarks Ancient Greece

Wouldn't it be nice to travel back in time to the height of ancient Greek civilization? This site allows you to do just that. You can explore one of three Greek cities - Athens, Corinth, or Olympia - and experience the challenges and successes faced by its inhabitants. Click on the "Resources" section to reveal primary sources from a variety of people such as the historian Thucydides or a play-goer anxiously waiting at the theater. Or take advantage of other useful tools, such as a glossary of terms and a timeline of key events. The visit to Corinth provides a helpful explanation of terms and concepts relating to the rise of democracy in Greece.


Devoted to the "heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology," this site is an outstanding tool for examining the stories and lives of ancient Greek mythology. Search the encyclopedia to find specific figures, click on the "Heroes" section to read some of the fabled adventures, and see the 12 Olympians atop their home on Mount Olympus. Some exciting features of this site are the ability to view some of the myths in Latin and a section where you can learn how ancient Greek mythology impacts our world today.

Odyssey Online
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and the Dallas Museum of Art

Why are people so fascinated with Greece? Greek culture has "influenced and inspired people for centuries." This site aims to bring that same inspiration to you with its engaging, visual, and informative approach to teaching about ancient Greece. Topics of focus are people, mythology, daily life, death and burial, writing, and archaeology. Complemented with visuals from collections at the three sponsoring museums, you get a true look into the life of the common ancient Greek. Added features are the puzzles and games throughout to challenge your knowledge and understanding of ancient Greek culture. This site's information on people and daily life is applicable for learning about everyday life in Athens and Sparta.

The Perseus Digital Library
Perseus Project, Tufts University

Designed as a compilation of all digital resources available on ancient Greece, the Perseus Digital Library has an extensive selection of primary and secondary source material. This site is designed for university-level research, but the vast number of resources makes this a worthwhile visit when investigating ancient Greece. An additional resource is the exhibit entitled "The Ancient Olympics," where you can visit Olympia and read excerpts from ancient athletes. This site is especially useful for its collection of materials on Alexander the Great and his empire.

Voyage Back in Time: Ancient Greece and Rome

Did you know that the ancient Greeks played the kithara, a very early kind of guitar? Or did you know that men and women ate dinner in separate rooms? Here you will find a valuable summary of major topics in the study of ancient Greece. Some highlights are geographic features, government, religion, and roles of men, women, and children. Although I believe this site was created for elementary school students, it provides an engaging introduction or a useful review for our study of geography and settlement of Greece.