Trojan War

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Who is Achilles? Greek mythology

By |2019-01-17T04:44:00-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Achilles, on a Greek black-figure vase from around 530 BC. Is it on purpose that Achilles' heel is showing? Who were Achilles' parents? Achilles was a great warrior in ancient Greek stories. He was the son of Peleus and Thetis. Peleus was a king in Greece, and Thetis was a nymph. (That's a sort of [...]

Who is Aphrodite? Greek goddess

By |2019-01-29T05:15:07-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Birth of the goddess Aphrodite (from Pompeii, about 50 AD) The goddess of love Aphrodite (a-fro-DIE-tee) was the Greek goddess of love. So naturally she was always falling in love with somebody. Or somebody was falling in love with her. Aphrodite is one of the oldest goddesses, the daughter of Ouranos. In some [...]

Athena in Homer’s Odyssey

By |2018-04-23T08:41:50-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature, Religion|

Athena in the Odyssey: Odysseus and Athena, on a red-figure vase Athena in the Odyssey In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Athena was on the side of the Greeks, because she hated the Trojans. Athena hated the Trojans because Paris was a Trojan and he had voted against her in the Judgment of [...]

Mycenaeans – Late Bronze Age Greece

By |2018-04-23T07:31:25-07:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Mycenaeans: Two women and a child (Mycenae, ca. 1500 BC) Mycenaeans By around 1600 BC, the Greeks had gotten completely mixed with the earlier Lerna people, and began to move on to bigger things. First, they started to get to know the other people living around the Mediterranean Sea, especially the Phoenicians (foy-NEE-shans), [...]

Reading a Greek play – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16-07:00June 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Greek theater at Epidauros One great activity to understand ancient Greece better is to stage a scene from a Greek play The first Greek plays grew out of choir performances, starting around 600 BC. First, the choirmaster began facing the choir and singing a few lines, and then the choir would respond. In [...]

Making a gold bowl – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16-07:00June 10th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Greeks|

Trojan gold bowl, made by 6th graders at Laurelhurst School, Portland About 1250 BC, the Greek army fought their neighbors the Trojans in the Trojan War. Troy was across the Aegean Sea from Greece. The people of Troy were rich (some of them) and had gold bowls like this one. Actually, so did the [...]