Greece for Kids
What is a city-state?
There are no city-states left in Greece to use as an example. We have
to look into the past to find some.
After the Greek
dark ages, villages started to band
together, in part for protection and in part for more organized trade.
They wanted strong trading centers. These groups of villages were that
banded together were called city-states. There were hundreds of
city-states in ancient Greece, some small and some really big ones
with large populations.
city-state had its own form of government and its own army, sometimes
its own navy, and certainly its own way of doing things, the
city-states of ancient Greece had many things in common. They all
spoke the same language, they all believed in the same gods, they all
worshiped in the same way, and they all thought of themselves as
Greeks. But they were loyal to their city-state. If you asked someone
in ancient Greece where they were from, they would not say they were
from Greece, because Greece at that time was not a country. It was a
collection of city-states, each with its own personality and way of
city-states banded together to fight outsiders. They also banded
together to fight each other.
Five of the most
powerful Greek city-states