, exciting things began to happen in ancient
Greece. Villages started to band together to form strong trading
centers. These groups of villages that banded together were called
city-states. Soon, hundreds of city-states had formed in ancient
TO BE A CITIZEN
OF A CITY-STATE: The ancient Greeks referred to
themselves as citizens of their individual city-states. Each
city-state (polis) had its own personality, goals, laws and
customs. Ancient Greeks were very loyal to their city-state.
The city-states had
many things in common. They all believed in the same gods. They all
spoke the same language.
But if you asked
an ancient Greek where he was from, he would not
say, "I live in Greece."
If he was from Sparta, he
would say, "I am Spartan."
If he lived in Athens, he
would say, "I am Athenian."
And so it went. The city-states might band
together to fight a common foe, but they also went to war with
There was no central
government in ancient Greece. Each city-state had its