Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a fascinating time and place. Visit it again or for the first time with these links, your gateway to the ancient past.

An Introduction to Ancient Greece
Get the basics on the people and places of ancient Greece. Learn about the birth of democracy, the great advances in math and science, the terrible wars, and the rise of Alexander the Great.

Famous Athenians

Athens: Shining Light, Dark Warning
Trace the development of the most famous Greek city-state, with a focus on government, the arts, and (of course) warfare.

Sparta: Powerful City-State
The power of the Peloponnesus was most well-known for its military might.

Athens and Sparta: Similar Yet Different
The ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta were similar in several important ways and different in several important ways. This illustrated article explores both.

Lycurgus and Solon: Lawgivers of Ancient Greece
The people of ancient Athens and Sparta revered Solon and Lycurgus as the men who gave them the laws they based their societies on. These men are shrouded in mystery, as is the time when they gave those laws. Find out more about these famous men and how what they said transcended their own time and place.

Ancient Argos
The Greek city-state of Argos predates other more famous centers of power, dating back to before the Trojan War. Argos was also home to many myths.

Corinth: Ancient Greek Powerhouse of Trade and Culture
Corinth was one of the wealthiest cities in the ancient Greek world. Its prime location–on the Isthmus of Corinth, in the middle of the Greek lands, surrounded by fertile plains and natural springs, and boasting two seaports–made it a prime destination for traders. Corinth was also home to many myths.

Delphi: Center of Ancient Greek World
The city-state of Delphi was regarded as the center of Ancient Greece, in more ways than one. It is perhaps most famous as being the home of the mysterious Oracle

Ancient Olympia
Olympia was a city-state in Ancient Greece most famous for two things: the Olympic Games and a Statue of Zeus that was considered one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.

Ancient Rhodes
The island city-state of Rhodes was an important cultural and economic center, one of the Greek world's oldest settlements, dating to the time of Crete's Minoan civilization. Rhodes was also home to fabled Colossus

Syracuse: Shining Light of Ancient Sicily
Syracuse enjoyed many highs and suffered many lows during its prominence as a Greek city-state. It was home to many myths

Thebes: Ancient Greek Power and Mythmaker
Thebes was one of the most powerful of the cities of Ancient Greece and was also the setting for many of that civilization's memorable myths.

The Peleponnesian War
This war was a long time coming. Check out the long chain of events that led to Greek fighting against Greek.

Ancient Greece Glossary
Meet the people, places, and things that made ancient Greece exciting!

Timeline of Ancient Greece
Follow the developments of ancient Greece as it grows from the very beginnings to a great population center and a center of arts, culture, and science. Includes links to definitions of many people, places, and things.

Maps of Ancient Greece
See the many parts of Ancient Greece! How far apart were Athens and Sparta? Where was Marathon? Find answers to these and other questions on these sites.

Persian Wars
The Persians tried several times to conquer Greece. Despite overwhelming advantages in troop numbers, the Persians went home losers every time.

The Ancient Greek Olympics
The Olympic Games in ancient Greece were a religious festival first and sporting events second. The Greeks also quit fighting for the entire Games period. And the events that they competed in were both similar and different to those today's Olympics offer.

The Panhellenic Games
The Olympic Games were the most famous sporting festival in Ancient Greece, but the Greeks did have others. Together, they were called the Panhellenic Games.

Crete in Ancient Times
Learn more about the island in particular, its history, its culture, its industry, and its myths.

Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great changed the world in many ways. Read all about this fascinating larger-than-life figure from ancient history.

Greek Tragedy: The Invention of Drama
This exciting feature traces the beginnings of the drama as we now know it, from its earliest beginnings as satyr plays to the genius of the Big Three Greek tragedists--Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The article is in the form of a play script, complete with illustrations of the principals.

The Life and Death of Socrates
Learn more about the famous philosopher. Includes a link to famous quotes.

Plato: Father of Western Philosophy
Plato is one of the most well-known people in Western history. A philosopher and writer, he is thought by many people to be the father of Western philosophy. He founded a school called the Academy.

Aristotle: Giant of Western Philosophy
Aristotle was one of the most famous people ever to live. A student of Plato, the founder of Western philosophy, Aristotle is thought by many to have surpassed his tutor in fame and influence. He, too, founded a school, called the Lyceum.

Clothing and Fashion in Ancient Greece
Great examination of clothing, hair, footwear, jewelry, and more. You'll even learn a bit about goods exchange. Check it out!

Lots of Great Greece Links
Find everything you need in your study of Ancient Greece here, at this wonderful site from KidsKonnect.

Homer: Poet for the Ages
Homer is said to have written The Iliad and The Odyssey, stories of The Trojan War and ancient Greece. But nobody really knows that much about him. This site gives you insight into this shadowy figure.

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