Ancient Greece

Where can I find facts and information about Ancient Greece?

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Entry last updated: 11/03/19

Introduction

Ancient Greece was one of the most advanced Civilisations of the ancient world. It was made up of city-states which were regions of Greece protected by a main city. Ancient Greek invented philosophy, literature, science, mathematics, the study of history, theatre, the Olympic Games and democracy. They also introduced the alphabet to Europe. The Greeks referred to themselves as Hellenes and their land as Hellas. This entry gives you a list of websites and books related to Ancient Greece.

General Websites

There are many great websites that you can use to learn about Ancient Greece and the people who lived there. Here are some websites you may find useful.

Britannica School

This is one of the EPIC resources. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases that have some really good information on all sorts of topics including Ancient Greece.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Topic Explorer

Topic Explorer is an online tool from the National Library of New Zealand. It contains a wide range of quality resources for students in a range of formats, (eg articles, books, images, videos, primary sources, sets, websites) on a variety of topics. These resources have been selected from reliable national and international sources.

There are two ways to search this site:

  1. Select the 'Filter by topic, type, or learning area' button and type the keywords 'ancient Greeks'.
  2. Scroll through the topics on the homepage and select ancient Greeks.
Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

DKFindOut!

DKFindOut! has information on a lot of topics including Ancient Rome. This is a fantastic website for primary students as it has great information and lots of interesting pictures.

  • Type the keywords 'ancient Greece' into the search bar.
  • This will show a list of stories including 'Ancient Greece'.
  • Be sure to click the pictures on the map to learn more about everyday life in ancient Greece.
Tips: Many web pages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more. This searching method is called “pearl growing” because you are picking up pieces of sand to make a beautiful pearl!

BBC Bitesize

This site has a range of learning resources that have been designed especially for school students. Although the page has been archived the information about Ancient Greece is still correct.

  • Enter the keywords 'Roman Empire' into the search bar, at the top of the page.
  • Follow the link for 'Ancient Greece'
  • This will bring up a list of stories about the ancient Greeks including 'Who were the ancient Greeks'.
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About the BBC link on the website. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Khan Academy

This is another website which has great educational resources for students. This site covers a range of subjects including world history.

  • Enter the keywords 'ancient Greece' into the search bar. This will bring up a range of articles and videos related to this topic eg Making Greek vases.

Books

There are a number of books and stories that have been written about ancient Greece - check out your local public or school library to see what they have there.

Here are some recommended titles:

Ancient Greece by Peter Ackroyd

If I were a kid in ancient Greece by Lou Waryncia

Daily life in ancient Greece by Lisa M. B. Simons

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