Greece for Kids
The ancient Greeks loved stories. During the Grecian Dark Ages, some
people became professional storytellers.
The storytellers went from town to
town, earning a living telling stories. They told the same stories
over and over, and they told them in the same language, Greek.
It was not long until nearly everyone
in ancient Greece knew all the stories by heart. They also knew the
Greek language by heart, as it was the language of the storytellers.
The storytellers told three kinds of
stories - fables, legends, and myths.
fable is a story that ends with a lesson to be
learned. Probably the most famous of all fables came out of
ancient Greece during the Greek dark ages - the stories
legend is a popular story that has been told over
and over again about something that happened in the near or
To be a legend, there can be no proof that the story
is true. That does not mean that it is not true. It only means
that to be a legend, there cannot be proof that the story is
true. One of the most popular legends was the story of the
is a story about one or more magical deities. The Greeks
believed in many gods and goddesses and magical monsters and
mythical animals. The
Greek myths are still enjoyed today.
Before the dark ages, many different tribes of early people
lived on the Greek peninsula. They did not have a common
language. They did not have a common history. They did not
use metal tools or weapons. Their tools and weapons were made of
During the 400 years of the
Greek dark ages, thanks to the traveling storytellers, the
Greeks developed a common spoken language, a common history
composed of fables, legends, and myths, and the ability to make
tools and weapons out of metal. The Mycenaeans, Dorians, Ionians,
Greeks, and other tribes who lived in scattered villages
throughout the Greek peninsula had gradually became one people.
When the early Greek people began
to organize themselves into defensible units called city-states,
the days of Dorian rule came to a end.
After the dark ages, things
began to get lively!
the Dark Ages:
The Ancient Greek City-States