The Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greece


·        Ancient Greece had lots of city-states: most popular ones were Sparta, Athens and Olympia. Each city-state had different laws, government (democracy) and their own army. Know how the states interacted with one another.

·        Know the key differences between life for Spartans, Athenian and Olympians and why those differences existed.

·        1/3 of Ancient Greeks were slaves. Spartans called them ‘Helots’ – they had to grow crops and were forced to give some of what they grew to the state. Athens treated slaves slightly better and welcomed them into family homes with a ceremony. No slaves were paid.

·        Ancient Greece civilization overlapped the Roman Age and know that more than one civilization can run concurrently.


·        The first Olympic games were held in 776BC in Olympia. Only men could compete. Know why this was the case.

·        Marathons originate in Ancient Greece. A man called Pheidippides ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the battle of Marathon.

·        Compare and contrast Ancient Greek Olympics to modern day Olympics including the cancellation of the Olympics due to WWs.

Gods & Beliefs

·        Ancient Greeks worshipped many gods and goddesses, for different things. They built temples and shrines so they could worship them.

Way of Life·

·        Inventions: give examples of Ancient Greek inventions such as the ÷yo-yo and first alarm clock.

·        Children will be able to talk about jobs, education, food, beliefs of the Ancient Greeks.