Greece for Kids
Megara was a highly respected city-state in ancient
Greece. As a coastal city-state, their history was similar to
Corinth's, their neighbor. Any Megarian would have told you that their
schools were as fine as those of Athens, although they would have had
no doubt that any Athenian would disagree.
Boys were trained in the arts and the
sciences. As a child, kids were taught at home by their mother or by
a male slave.
From age 7-14, boys attended a day school near their
home where they memorized poetry and studied drama, public speaking,
reading, writing, science, poetry, the flute, the lyre, and a great deal
Boys then attended a higher school, and went on to
military school for at least two years.
Like Athens, Megara
offered its citizens a great deal of freedom. Like nearly all Greek
city-states, Megara had beautiful temples, gorgeous statues, and
open-air theatres. They were famous for their glorious textiles,
which were the envy of other Greek city-states.
As a coastal town,
Megara did a great deal of trading. They had their own coinage, an
idea they copied from Corinth (who copied it from
They were also
explorers. Like all Greeks, they loved to establish new towns. The
city-state of Megara founded the city of Byzantium, also called
Constantinople, now called Istanbul, way back in 630 BCE.