About Homer and Ancient Greek Life

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Imagine you awaken on an island beach in ancient times. You look down and see you are wearing a sheet and have sandals on your feet! A ship appears on the horizon. When it lands, you meet the captain. His name is Ulysses. He explains that he is on his way home after a big battle with a city called Troy. He insists you accompany him. He says he knows what it is like to be castaway. Knowing the answers to these question could help you survive the experience.

1. What did the Greeks learn from the Phoenicians that was important to Homer?



2. Here is a model of the world as Homer knew it.
How accurate is it compared to what we know today? Explain.



3. Was this work a story of the time of Homer, a reflection of life before Homer lived, or his tale of the future?



4. Ancient Greeks relied on reciprocity. What is this? Give a real life example.



Did Ulysses practice reciprocity? Give an example.




Do you? Give an example.


5. Read what daily life in ancient Greece was like: for a man, for a woman, and for a child.

Which would you prefer to be and why?



6. Read the myth of Persephone. What genuine natural occurrence does it seek to explain?



Use your online skills to find the answer.

7. What is the Parthenon?



Where would you go to see it in person?



8. What is a strigil?



Why did Greek athletes use it?



9. Compare the federal form of government with the government of the ancient Greeks.




10. Describe Greek society during the time of Homer.




11. Take the picture tour of Ancient Olympia. Answer the following questions.

How were olives important to ancient Greeks?



What is a megaron?



How many centuries ago was the Temple of Zeus completed?



What was the Olympic Truce?



Why was it important to the Olympic games?




12. Describe the climate of Greece.



Use a table to compare this with the climate where you live.


13. What impact did the geography of Greece have on the people's lives?



14. What did the Greeks call people who were not Greek?



15. Name a famous Greek scientist and a mathematician. What was their focus in their work?



16. How do archeologists identify the gods when they look at a vase or other object?

If an artist were to include you on a vase, how would you be shown?

TAI (think about it) At one time Greece played a prominent role in the civilized world.
What is the nation's status today?




Tackle the Greek Mythology Quiz http://www.messagenet.com/myths/funfact3/

Mythology word search http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/wordsearch/greekmythologywordsearch.html

You can read a literal translation of the Odyssey at: http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/odyssey.html

Ancient Greek Webquest http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Subway/6560/

Ancient Greek Map Activity | The Adventures of Ulysses Internet Hunt

Secrets of the Parthenon PBS Site | Ancient Civilizations - ThinkQuest site

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