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1 A Day in the Life of Ancient Greece
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2 At school in Ancient Greece
Boys started school at 6 years old 6-14 boys went to local primary school Learned words of Homer, a famous Greek epic poet how to play the lyre, a musical instrument Teacher (man) might teach drama, public speaking, government, art, reading, writing, math, the flute After school, spent afternoon exercising & practicing wrestling, throwing discus Older athletes might train for Olympic Games held in honor of Zeus.

3 Arriving at School Attended 4 more years (high school)
18 entered military, 2 years, graduated at 20 Girls did not attend school Might learned to read and write at home

4 Refer to page 166 in text book.
Marketplace Agora: center of public life Public market and meeting places Athens was the busiest & most interesting of all! In AM, men wondered about, talking politics & philosophy. Streets lined with shops Mild weather allowed for “outside” business Farmers & artisans sold goods Almost everything needed could be found in Agora (sheep’s wool, pottery, cloth, books) Temples and government buildings lined Agora Ruins of Ancient Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece Refer to page 166 in text book.

5 Life at Home Home’s were simple/plain Made of mud bricks
Rooms surrounding open courtyard, hidden from street Might have kitchen, storerooms, dining room, bedrooms Some had bathrooms, but water carried from public fountain Food simple Breakfast: bread Midday: cheese, olives, bread Dinner: fish, vegetables, cheese, fruit, cakes. Most had little meat (only wealthy for religious festivals)

6 Life at Home (cont.)

7 Slavery in Ancient Greece
Greek women had to spin thread and weave it into cloth Wealthy women owned slaves to do this; cooked food; tended children Historians believed almost 100,000 slaves lived in Athens (1/3 of population) Enslaved when captured by armies Not comfortable enslaving other Greeks Children of slaves Many foreigners Jobs: labor on farms; dug silver/metals out of mines; assist artisans making pottery; construct buildings; forging weapons;

8 Slavery (continued) A slave nanny taking the baby (see the loom behind her?) Greek red-figure vase from Athens A slave girl waits upon her seated mistress in the grave stele of a woman named Hegeso.

9 Women in Athens Women spent most of their time at home.
Had little freedom of males. Could not: Take part in politics Vote Own property Could be priestess in religious groups

10 Women in Athens (continued)
Responsibilities Running home Organized spinning and weaving Looked after supplies of food & wine Cared for young children Kept track of family finances Trained slaves (if owned), cared for them if sick Did important work, but “invisible” Pericles said: “The greatest glory will belong to the woman who is least talked about by men, whether they praise her or find fault with her.”

11 Women (continued) Greek women spent a lot of their time going to the public fountain to get water.

12 Questions Who attended school? boys only, girls only, boys and girls
Who did girls spend their day with? the boys, their mothers, their fathers What place was the center of activity for men during the Golden Age? Put about 4 questions in here.

13 Yes Well done! Could put some cheering in here! Back to question page.

14 No Oh dear! Try again Back to question page.
Put a graphic rather than a sound, like a thumbs down. Back to question page.

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