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!
Gifts from the Greeks:
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