When a baby was born in ancient Greece,
it was a cause for celebration. The Greeks loved dance. So of course
they had a dance the father did, holding his new baby. The mother made
a wreathe for the door so everyone would know they had a new baby.
Friends and family brought gifts.
Sparta was the exception (of course.)
When a baby was born, it was looked over very carefully. If the child
was not perfect, it was killed. The Spartans had no interest in
raising a child who was not physically able to become a great
For those families who did not have
slaves to do all their work, even toddlers helped in the fields. Until
age 6, nearly all children, boys and girls, were taught at home, by
There was time to play. Kids played a
game similar to basketball. They had little carts they pulled around.
They loved games of skills, like tossing sticks into buckets. They
listened to stories, fables, and legends.
Education in Ancient
Greece - school