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Ancient Greece
for Kids


Welcome to ancient Greece! Play games. Read myths. Learn how the brave Greek hero Theseus escaped the maze, a trick you might find handy some day. Meet Apollo's Oracle, where things are not always as they seem. Argue with Socrates, the great teacher. Join Hercules on 12 dangerous missions to battle mythical monsters. Compete in the Greek Olympics!

Over 2,500 years ago, these clever people created incredible myths, wonderful plays, very fun fables and beautiful art. They made important discoveries in science, medicine, math and architecture, all of which we call Gifts from the Greeks, gifts that still affect our culture today.

Ancient Greece was an advanced civilization. But it was not a country. It was not an empire. The people in ancient Greece had no central government, and did not want one. Instead, ancient Greece was a collection of hundreds of city-states, grouped together at the southern end of a very large peninsula that juts out from modern day Europe into the Mediterranean Sea.

A city-state is an independent city with its own government and its own way of doing things. Some city-states like ancient Corinth were ruled by kings. Others like the warrior city-state of ancient Sparta were ruled by a council. Athens, the crown jewel of the Greek city-states, experimented with democracy.

Thanks to the storytellers, who traveled from village to village in early times, the many diverse tribes on the Greek peninsula began to learn the Greek language, the language of the storytellers, so they could better understand the wonderful stories they heard about powerful magical beings and super brave heroes, who teamed up to win their battles in spite of impossible odds. They began to worship the same gods and honor the same heroes. They began to share a common culture. They were beginning to think of themselves as Greeks. They loved beauty, comedy, cleverness, and most of all - bravery.

It all started with the Dorians - the very foolish Dorians.

 Come meet the Greeks.
We think you'll like them!

For Kids


Maps of Ancient Greece

Interactive Timelines of Ancient Greece




Greek Dark Ages

What is a city-state?

Rise of City-States

Types of Government

Roots of Democracy

Greek Wars

Legend: The Trojan War & Trojan Horse

Greek Ships

Greek Warriors

Persian Wars

The Delian League

Peloponnesian War






The Ancient Greek Olympics

Greek Alphabet

Greek Dance

Wedding Customs

Greek Theatre

Greek Architecture & Art

Greek Vases Tell a Story

Greek Columns

Elgin Marbles

Famous Greeks - Archimedes, Hippocrates, more

Pericles Funeral Oration

Greek Philosophies



Aesop's Fables

Homer's Iliad

Homer's Odyssey

Alexander the Great

The Decline and Fall of Ancient Greece

Investigate Real Life Artifacts


Ancient Greek Gods & Goddesses

Ancient Greek Mythical Monsters

Ancient Greek Myths

Theseus and the Minotaur

Zeus, Hera, and Little Io

Zeus, Hades, and the King of Corinth

Hermes & Apollo (ppt)

Apollo's Oracle (The Trouble with Oracles)

Apollo and Cassandra


Greek Legends

Greek Fables

Greek Men

Greek Women

Greek Kids

Greek Slaves

Pets & Toys




Hair Styles

Education, School

Religion, Gods

Worship, Temples, Sacred Sites

Acropolis & Parthenon

Gifts from the Greeks:

Interactive Games for Ancient Greece

PowerPoints about Ancient Greece

Jeopardy Games

Ancient Greece Glossary for Kids

Mr. Donn's Interactive Quizzes with answers - TEST YOURSELF

For Teachers

Lesson Plans and Units for Teachers

Ancient Greece Activities and Projects