Ancient Greeks with their satellite trading settlements around the Mediterranean, use of coinage and providing a common language have had a fundamental impact on the modern Western world. The people from the Blacklands become named for one of their towns – Egypt; the Keltoi (Celts) becomes an umbrella name for different groups of people living across northern Europe – from Greece to Scotland, and Spain to the Steppes. They did have loosely comparable beliefs and lifestyles but were about as the same as an otter and a seal!
The impact of the Ancient Greeks is evidenced in the Western world in terms of politics, language written and oral, architecture, the list is endless! So there is no surprise that the 2014 curriculum has Ancient Greece as a unit of study. But were they really so fair? Was democracy and justice in Ancient times equal to today’s ideas. And, why do we call them Greeks and treat the topic as whole civilisation or country when they called themselves Hellenes and generally lived in separated City States. Overall, never achieving the length of cohesion that Ancient Egypt did?
These are questions frequently are covered during the interactive audience role-play as we look at Ancient Greece upto the time of Alexander. This topic in never dull and certainly has some surprises.
If you would like to know more about our Ancient Greek offerings have a look at our Ancient Greek character pages:
- Daphne, the wife of successful Athenian enjoys a privileged life. But was it always so?
- Aléxandros, a wealthy Greek landowner living in the year 375 B.C.
- Peter Webb, a Junior Archaeologist.