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Ancient Greece


Who were the Ancient Greeks?


Ancient Greece was a rich and impressive civilisation that continues to influence life today. The Greek Empire became powerful because its people were great warriors and great thinkers. They lived from 3000BC to 146BC, when they were finally conquered by the Romans. 


At the height of their power, the Greeks had conquered areas in Italy, Sicily, Turkey, North Africa and France. They set up a democratic society and began developing modern medicine. They also created buildings that still inspire architects today.

Key periods in Ancient Greek history

From 3000 BC    - The first people settle in Greece.

2000-1500 BC    - The Minoans and the Cretan Palace civilisation.

1500-1100 BC    - Rise and fall of the Mycenaean civilisation.        

1100-800 BC      - The Dark Ages.

800-480 BC        - The Archaic Period.

480-323 BC        - The Classical Period.

323-30 BC          - The Hellenistic Period.


Ancient Greek Explorers

Ancient Greek explorers like Pytheas and Alexander the Great


You could also find more information about Ancient Greece by viewing:


Week 4: Ancient Greek Philosophers.

Ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle built and extended upon each other’s ideas.


Did the Greeks change the way we think?

Look at a philosophy card.

Read the statement. Discuss how much you agree with it and why.


For balance, learn about the two female thinkers.

Complete the exhibition card on Metrodora or Pamphile to display in a museum.


Learn the song about the philosophers (History page)

Horrible Histories The Greek Thinkers

Extra Challenges


  • Choose of one of the periods from the timeline and research it in more detail.  Could you present your findings in a poster?
  • What is the Legend of the Trojan Horse? - Complete some research and summarise your findings to write the legend in your own words.
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