Ancient Greece

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Ancient Greece

Lives of women in Ancient Greece were closely tied to domestic work, spinning, weaving and other domestic duties. They were not involved in public life or in politics. The live were normally quite confined to the house although one public duty was acting as a priestess at a temple.Children in ancient Greece usually occupied their time playing with toys and games."Women in Classical Greece." Women in Classical Greece. Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. .

Aristotle was born in Stagira, and in 367 he was sent to Athens to study philosophy with Plato. He stayed at Plato's Academy until about 347. Raphael's fresco: The School of Athens, shows Aristotle and Plato (Aristotle is on the. right). Aristotle believed happiness was the goal of life, and is considered the father of logical theory. Plato believed that life is nothing more than the imprisonment of the soul in a body and is known for more abstract thinking. Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great; after Alexander conquered Athens, Aristotle returned to Athens and set up a school of his own, known as the Lyceum. After Alexander's death, Athens rebelled against Macedonian rule, and Aristotle's political situation became precarious. To avoid being put to death, he fled to the island of Euboea, where he died soon after. The big three philospohers of the time, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, contributed philosophical concepts such as morality, self-awareness, and systematic learning, respectively.Rapheal. School Of Athens. Digital image. Raphael's Fresco School Of Athens. N.p., n.d. Web.

The scuplture Discobolos by Myron shows a man throwing the discus. This was one of the five events of the pentathlon. The Olympics was a clear example of ancient greek culture. As each Greek polis (city-state) grew, it wanted a means of asserting its supremacy, so each city-state sent a representative to the Olympics. The event was also a religious outing to honor the gods with their ability. The games also explified the social construct of Greek society, which believed passionately in agon, or competition. Only men were allowed to compete, but women did hold thier own Games in honor of Hera. The Discus Thrower. Digital image. Ancient Greece. N.p., n.d. Web.

Alexander the Great was a greek king who conquered most of the region of the mediteranean and the whole middle east. This region was the center of western civilization at the time, and by conquering it all, he brought it a cultural unity it did not have previously. He expanded Greek culture and language and is known as one of the best commanders in history. YouTube. Alexander The Great Biography. YouTube, 23 May 2012. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.

Around the eighth century B.C., the Greeks began minting and using silver coins. This streamlined business and industry, and led to a standardization of currency, weights, and measures that has continued to influence our own monies and measures today. Coinage allowed for easier trade and commerce. Athena and Alexander the Great are featured on these coins, showing the imporance of both political and relious figures in greek society. "Ancient Greek Coins." Plato's Academy. N.p., 12 Jan. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. .


"Map of Ancient Greece." Map. Map of Ancient Greece. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. .


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