What Is Polytheism?

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What Is Polytheism?

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What is Polytheism?Grade 7 Ancient History

Now that you have a brief knowledge of these ancient, polytheistic civilizations, it is time to delve further into their spiritual sides. In groups of 3, we will choose 1 of the 2 listed cultures and conduct more reasearch on their polytheistic ways. You may choose another polytheistic culture that has not been presented. The project will consist of a PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of 15 slides per show. Title page, bibliography, the names and powers of the Gods, places of worship, festivals/rituals the people practiced in the Gods' honor, and whether or not this civilization currently holds these beliefs. You may use any information I have given you on this Glogster along with library/internet findings (if sources are cited!) Videos and images are always a plus! :)

Polytheism is shortly defined by the belief in more than one God. This ideal very popular in the ancient world because it allowed for people to explain naturally occurring phenomena that science could not yet decifer. Happenings such as sunrise and sunset may have been very likely the power of a God according to the ancient peoples. While many of these ancient civilizations seem to have a very similar basis to their own belief systems, they are all quite unique. TerminologyB.C.- Before Christ, before the birth of Jesus Christ.A.D.- Anno Domini, after the death of Jesus ChristMonotheism- Belief in only one God.Diety- GodBelow you will find background information on three polytheistic cultures from the ancient world: the Egyptians and the Greecians. Informational Website:http://www.allabouthistory.org/polytheism.htm

Greece 1600 B.C.-338 A.D.Ancient Greece was divided into sections known as city-states, which were self-governed primarily by the adult males who lived within. Ancient Greece would become well-known for their implementation of a democratic system, like we have in the United States today. The city-states we also known for battling one another on a regualr basis, which meant every man should own a personal set of armor to be used at any given moment. The ancient Greeks had a love for the arts, science and mathematics, and architecture. Many U.S. government building designs have been influenced by the Greeks. Ancient Greece would eventually be swallowed up by the Roman Empire among other powerhouse civilizations.

Egypt 3500 B.C.-The first people to settle in the Nile Valley reached the area at around 3500 B.C. *FUN FACT: the Nile River is the only river in the world that flows northward!* They developed an intricate writing system known as Heiroglyphics that consisted of etchings that depicted scenes of stories. These heiroglyphics were not even decoded until the 17th century A.D. after the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (think about the online language learning software!) Egypt had quite a number of leaders throughout the years from the teenage Tutankhamun to the fearful Khufu. After being bullied by numerous opposers like the Assyrians and Persians, Egypt would be continuously taken over for centuries. It would not be until the 18th century that travellers and researchers alike would unravel Egypt's cultural past.

[Polytheism Video] YouTube. Retrieved on 2/16/2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO4L_s_IOjM

[Photo of Pyramid and Sphinx] DiscoverMagazine. Retrieved on 2/16/2015 from blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/files/2013/09/ancient-egypt.jpg

[Greek Artifact] imgbuddy. Retrieved on 2/16/2015 from imgbuddy.com/ancient-greek-artifacts.asp


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