Ancient Greece
Introduction- Mckaley Strauch
The history of Greece can be traced back to Stone Age hunters. There were only a few historians in the time of Ancient Greece. Most other forms of History knowledge and accountability of the ancient Greeks we know is because of temples, sculpture, pottery, artifacts and other archaeological findings.
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The location of Greece.

(World travels, 2011)




Architecture- Kendall Secord
In Ancient Greece, buildings were made from mud bricks, and stones in the mud with reeds or brush. They all started with some wood shafts, which latter were replaced by stone. Most of the houses had one room, rarely did they ever have two. These buildings were known for their column style. The art of Ancient Greece was divided into four periods, the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic. The all groups contained pottery, metal vessels, terracotta figurines, metal figurines, monumental sculpture, coin design, and paintings. (Levy, Kat, July 23, 1997).
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This is a picture of one of the column style buildings in Ancient Greece.

(HistoryKing,2011)



Job specialization- Kendall Secord
In Greece the job specializations are architects (people who designed buildings), artists (people who designed paintings for the buildings), poets (people who wrote long stories called epics about heroic deeds), and politicians (people who made laws and helped run the government of Ancient Greece). (wikianswers.com 2011)
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This is a picture of an Ancient Greece art work.
(Mlahanas, 2010)



Written language- Kendall Secord
The Ancient Greeks were the first Europeans to read and write with an Alphabet, which eventually led to all modern European languages. Greek was written from right to left in horizontal lines at this time. The names of the letters were slightly different to those used in Greece today Greek. The Ancient Greeks had two numeric systems: the Acrophonic or Attic system used the letters iota, delta, gamma, eta, nu and mu in various combinations. These letters were used as they represented the first letters of the number names. (Simon Ager 1998-2011)
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The alphabet of Ancient Greece.
(AlphabetGlobal,2011)



Religion- Kevin Rudberg
The Greeks had a religious belief that 12 main gods ruled over everything and many minor gods that ruled over smaller things, they built temples to praise and worship these 12 gods the most famous temple being the Parthenon it is dedicated to the goddess Athena. The 3 most powerful gods are Zeus the god of thunder and ruler of the gods, Poseidon the god of the sea, and Hades the god of the dead and the underworld. To worship these gods Ancient Greeks often sacrificed animals and burned the meats because the gods enjoyed the of the meat.
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The 12 Greek gods
(Travel-Guide-Greece, 2001)





Government- Kevin Rudberg
Greece had city states ruled by Aristocrats (rule by the best), they shared power with other men from noble families. In some city states like Corinth the people revolted and placed a single dictator in power, however there was also peaceful change as in Sparta where the aristocrats allowed middle class men into the ruling counsel this is known as oligarchies (rule by the few). The people of Athens however created the first democracy (rule by the people) men met 40 times a year to vote on city decisions.
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An Aristocrat is talking to his people.
(Heaccvenly-Greek-Islands, 2010)






Cities- Kevin Rudberg
There were many cities in Greece but the most powerful one was probably Athens it ruled the economy through most of its history and it was the god Athena’s favorite city so it was in favor o the people because they believed the gods protected . Thebes wasn’t very powerful but it was the birthplace of the hero Herakles (Hercules) it also produced great men like Pindar and Epameinondas.
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Map of the major cities in Greece.
(Greece, 2009)





Social classes- Mckaley Strauch
If people wanted to be in the upper class then you couldn’t have a job and you had to be a citizen. The men in upper class had to be slow or the Athens felt they weren’t civilized. Most middle class professional people worked as merchants, contractors, manufactures, managers, tradesmen, craftsmen, and artists. Lower class people could pay their way out of slavery if they had enough money, lower class could be citizens for a very long time and they still wouldn’t be called citizens. The middle and lower class outnumbered the upper class by how many citizens they had.
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A diagram of the different social classes of Ancient Greece.
(Social classes and public displays, 2009)



Public work- Mckaley Strauch

Beginning in the 6th century craftsmanship and commerce became increasingly more important in the classical period. Greece was part of the domestic sphere, the situation changed between the 8th and 4th centuries, with the commercialization of the Greek economy. The Greeks had no term to designate the process of production and exchange.

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This is an old Ancient Greece church.

(Athens Guide, 2008)





Conclusion- Kevin Rudberg
And so our website ends like the fall of Greece, we hope that all the information you needed was in here.


Work Cited-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_in_Ancient_Greece
http://library.thinkquest.org/10098/greek.htm
http://library.thinkquest.org/10098/greek.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greece#cite_ref-20

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greece#cite_ref-20