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What was life like for the Ancient Greeks?

 

What should I already know? 

· Greece is a country in the continent of Europe.

· Human and physical geographical features of Greece.

· The Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age in Britain c.800 BC

· Facts about Iron Age Britain and what life was like.

 

As historians we will learn to:

· Examine Greek artefacts (such as vases) and use these to make inferences about the past.

· Describe how Greek artefacts and ruins tell us about their culture and religious beliefs.

· Describe how the Greek society has had an impact on modern society.

· Compare what was happening in the Greek civilisation with what was happening in Britain at the same time.

· Place the chronology of key events of the Greek civilisation on a time line with a chronology of the history of Britain. Where are the overlaps?

· Describe the ideas, beliefs and attitudes of groups of people in the Greek civilisation.

 

Vocabulary 

acropolis

the citadel of an ancient Greek city

archaeologist

someone who studies the past by exploring old remains

architecture

the art of planning, designing and constructing buildings

chronology

the order of events in time

circa

Latin meaning ‘around’. c. 800 BC means around 800 BC

citadel

a strong building in or near a city, where people could shelter for safety

civilisation

a human society  with its own social organisation and culture

culture

activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilisation

deity

a god or goddess

democracy

a fair political system where all adults vote for an elected government. This government then takes decisions on how to run the country.

empire

a number of individual nations  that are all controlled by the government or ruler of one particular country

invasion

to try and take over a place by force

merchant

a person who buys or sells goods in large quantities

military

relating to or belonging to the army

mythology

a group of myths, especially all the myths from a particular country, religion or culture

polis

an ancient Greek city-state

polytheists

the worship of or belief in more than one god

seafaring

working as a sailor or traveling regularly on the sea

society

people in general, thought of as a large organised group

trade

the activity of buying, selling or exchanging goods or services

urban

belonging to, or relating to a town or city

warfare

the activity of fighting a war

Ancient Greek Timeline

What is Greece like today?

 

As geographers we will learn to:

· Greece is located in Europe, bordered by the Ionian Sea and the    Mediterranean Sea. It is a peninsular country, with approximately 3,000 islands.

· Greece has a landscape of forests, riversmountain ranges and    beaches.

· Greece is in Southern Europe. It is south-east of the United Kingdom.

· The climate can range from hot and dry to cold mountain forests, depending on the region and the time of year.

· The northern part of Greece can be very cold during the winter and snow is not uncommon.

 

What I should already know: 

· The town I live in is called Tipton, which is in the West Midlands. There are villages and towns in the West  Midlands.

· The West Midlands is in England, which is a country. England, which is the United Kingdom, is in the continent of Europe.

· The seven continents (including Europe) and five oceans.

· Land-use patterns of the UK.

· The characteristics of countries that can be found in Europe such as Germany and France.

· Some examples of natural hazards, including earthquakes.

 

Vocabulary

architecture

planning, designing and constructing buildings

climate

the weather conditions that are typical of a place

coastal

an area of land next to the sea

compass points

any of the main points of a compass; north, south, east, west, north-east, north-west, south-east, south-west

continent

a very large area of land that consists of many countries. Europe is a continent.

export

goods that are sold to other countries

harbour

a sheltered port for boats to be left or kept safely

human  features

features created by humans

island

a piece of land that is completely surrounded by water

landscape

everything you can see when you look across an area of land, including hills, rivers, buildings, trees

mainland

the largest part of a country or continent        compared to the islands around it

mountain

a very high area of land with steep sides

peninsula

a piece of land surrounded by water on three sides

physical features

natural features  of land

port

a harbour area where ships load and unload goods or passengers

river

a large, natural stream of fresh water that flows into the sea or a lake

rural

relating to the countryside rather than the town

seafaring

working as a sailor or travelling regularly on the sea

tourist

a person who is visiting a place for pleasure and interest, especially when they are on holiday

trade

the activity of buying, selling or exchanging goods and services

village

a small group of houses, perhaps with a few shops

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