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Ancient Greece Summary by Dorling Kindersley

By Dorling Kindersley

Old Greek tradition, which reached its top in Athens within the fifth century B.C., produced probably the most wonderful and engaging relics of Western civilization. This brilliant Eyewitness publication lines historic Greek achievements from the Bronze Age during the Hellenistic interval utilizing facts came across via archaeologists. Greek myths are brought when it comes to statues, carvings, and illustrations. like any the books of this sequence, historic Greece is extremely wealthy in brilliant, colourful photos, which deliver the topic to lifestyles. little ones and adults can know about strength and politics in Athens, the mythical Herakles (not relatively just like the Disney version), temples, and residential existence. Archaeological facts indicates what existence used to be like for girls and kids of historic Greece, what humans did for enjoyable, and what their criteria of good looks and accomplishment have been. Its effortless to determine how influential this historic tradition has been on smooth lifestyles, from technology and medication to the Olympic video games. tremendous informative, fascinating, and interesting.

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At about the age of 12 or 13, children were considered to be young adults and would then dedicate their toys to the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis, as a sign that they had reached the end of childhood. A bowl on a stand (lebes gamikos) used in a marriage ceremony Faster! faster! A painting on a tiny wine jug shows two little boys pulling their friend along in a wooden go-cart. Sometimes the carts were pulled by goats. At the Anthesteria, the wine festival in Athens, jugs like these were given as presents to boys when they reached three years of age.

Some marriages seem to have been happy. A number Home makers Girls in Greece did not go of tombstones have survived that commemorate to school (pp. 32–33). women who had died in childbirth. There are tender Instead, they stayed at home and were taught by inscriptions from the grieving husbands. It is possible their mothers how to spin that, although legally they had very little freedom, some and weave and look after the house. Some women could make important decisions about family wealthier women might be taught to life.

Riding bare-back and without stirrups, jockeys were usually paid servants of the owners of the horse. The Greeks believed in the value of sport as training for warfare, and as a way of honouring the gods. There were many local sporting competitions, but four big athletic festivals attracted men from all over the Greek world. Of these, the most important was the Olympic Games, held every four years in honour of Zeus at Olympia. Success in the Games brought honour to the athlete’s family and to his home town.

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