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Ancient Greece for Kids

Learn about Ancient Greece for Kids in the fourth adventure which transports you back to Ancient Greece. You will learn about Greek mythology, city-states, the Olympics & more.

Place the Ancient Greece sticker on the timeline and find modern-day Greece on the world map. Find a cosy place to read the illustrated time-travelling Ancient Greece story with the matching bookmark, then learn some Ancient Greece facts in the history booklet.

Learn about the distinct Ancient Greek pottery, then make your own Greek vase from papier mâché with all materials provided. Colour in the three Ancient Greece-themed designs with the pencils provided, then treasure your very own Ancient Greece-inspired stickers and special gift.

Begin the history adventure with a Mysteries in Time subscription box for kids.

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Learn about Ancient Greece for Kids in the Adventure Story

Ancient Greece for Kids Book Illustration

Max and Katie’s next adventure takes them back to Ancient Greece, where a King’s son has been kidnapped. To save him, Max and Katie must set off on a dangerous journey filled with impossible obstacles. Can Max and Katie survive the journey to save him?

Join Max and Katie on their Ancient Greece adventure through history as they learn about Ancient Greek myths, gods, theatre and more!

Ancient Greece for kids

Ancient Greece Facts for Kids !

Max and Katie Ancient Greece for Kids

Max and Katie visit Ancient Greece

The city-state Sparta was well-known for its strong army. Spartan boys trained to become warriors from the age of 7 years old!

Greek Helmet

Ancient Greek pottery was decorated with scenes of soldiers, gods or daily life, as well as geometric patterns.


Ancient Greek Vase

The Parthenon is a temple in Athens that was built to honour the goddess Athena. It took around 15 years to build!

Parthenon

Learn more about Ancient Greece History for Kids

Ancient Greek Philosopher
Greek Philosopher

Ancient Greece was one of the most sophisticated civilisations in the ancient world. When we talk about Ancient Greece, we usually mean the years between 800 BC and 146 BC when there was a lot of cultural, social and scientific progress.

Ancient Greece is often called 'the birthplace of Western Civilisation', because we still follow a lot of its philosophy, architecture and culture today. Ancient Greek literature and poetry is still popular today; school children worldwide still study the vast range of Greek myths, which feature mythical monsters, heroes and Greek gods. The Olympic Games, which began in Greece in 776 BC as a religious festival dedicated to Zeus, took place every four years for over 1000 years!

The Ancient Greek period came to an end when it became part of the Roman Empire in 146 BC. However, the Romans respected the Greeks and they adopted several Greek gods as their own, as well as being influenced by Greek architecture and culture.

Olympic Games
The Olympic Games
began in Greece

Gods and Goddesses

Ancient Greece God - Zeus
Zeus - Ancient Greek God

The Ancient Greeks worshipped many gods and goddesses. Many of the gods were part human, which meant they were not perfect! They were immortal, though, which means they would live forever. Ancient Greeks believed that the twelve most important gods lived on Mount Olympus.

Zeus was the wisest and most important of all the gods. He was God of the Earth and the Sky, and is often shown holding a bolt of lightning. The Ancient Greeks believed that Zeus threw bolts of lightning when he was angry, causing our thunderstorms.

City States

Ancient Greek Helmet

Ancient Greece was not a united country with one king or leader. Instead, it was made up of lots of city-states, each with its own ruler. There was always a large city at the centre of a city-state. Each city-state had formed its own government, and some had kings as well. The two most powerful city-states were Athens and Sparta.

Sparta is well-known for its military strength. It had a very strong army, because Spartan boys trained to become warriors from the time they were 7 years old. They joined a tough military school where they learnt how to become a mighty warrior.

Greek Mythology

Medusa
Medusa

Ancient Greece is famous for its mythology. Greek myths are stories that include magic and creatures, as well as the Greek gods and goddesses. There is usually a message at the end of the story. The myths were often stories of good versus evil, with characters facing difficult obstacles.

Medusa and her two sisters were monsters called Gorgons. Medusa looked like an ugly witch with poisonous snakes instead of hair. She turned people to stone by looking them in the eye. She was eventually defeated by Perseus, who avoided looking Medusa in the eye by using his shield as a mirror to see where she was. He then slayed her with his sword.

Ancient Greece Architecture

The White House
The White House, Washington D.C.

The Ancient Greeks built many impressive buildings, including temples, theatres and palaces. We still use many of the Ancient Greek designs and styles today.

You will often see these designs in government buildings, museums and libraries, because modern democracy and arts are based on Ancient Greek ideas. Buildings tended to be symmetrical, with very high ceilings.

Examples of Ancient Greek styles being used in modern buildings are everywhere: for example the British Museum in London and The White House in Washington DC.


Visit Ancient Greece History

There are so many wonderful places to experience this rich part of history. Here are just some suggestions to bring history to life.


Where will your adventures take you?



The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

The Acropolis
The Acropolis

'Acropolis' was the Greek word for a city that is built on top of a hill. This was to keep it protected from attacks. Most Ancient Greek cities had an acropolis, which is where they built temples and other important buildings. In Athens, the Parthenon and other temples were built on the Acropolis.

You can visit the Acropolis in Athens today, which is where you can also visit the Parthenon, the impressive temple that dates back to the 5th century BC.

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Knossos, Crete, Greece

Knossos
Knossos, Crete, Greece

Knossos was a city on the Greek island of Crete. It is believed to be the oldest city in Europe. It is where the mythical Minotaur was said to live inside a labyrinth (a maze). The people who lived there were called Minoans, after the mythical King Minos.

Even though Knossos is famous because of a myth, the city of Knossos was a real place, and you can still visit the ruins of the palace there today.


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"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."


Socrates

Olympia, Greece

Olympia, Greece
Olympia, Greece

The Olympic Games began in Greece in 776 BC. It was a religious festival dedicated to Zeus that took place every four years for over 1000 years. Athletes came from different city-states to compete in a place called Olympia in South West Greece.

The Olympic torch is lit here every two years ahead of the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games. From Olympia, it is carried by relay to the host country of the Olympic Games. You can visit Olympia today, where you can imagine the Ancient Greek athletes training 3000 years ago!


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The British Museum, London, UK

Mausoleum of Halikarnassos
Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, The British Museum

The British Museum has an enormous collection of thousands of Ancient Greek artefacts. There are items from the Minoan civilisation, where the Minotaur myth stems from, as well as examples of Ancient Greek vases and jewellery. There are also sculptures from various temples, including the famous Parthenon in Athens.

The British Museum in London is open every day of the year and is free to visit. It is well worth a visit!


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