A series of worksheets that include reading comprehension and reading in the content sheets all focused on Ancient Greece.

During the fifth to the fourth centuries B.C. the classical Greek culture set a footprint that provided a huge influence of the development of the Western world. Ancient Greece was the first to establish a democracy which is very interesting because Classical Athens was composed of a population of mostly slaves. At the age of seven Greek boys were either headed to learn or be warriors. This civilization not only understood the importance of mentorship, but really built the future of their culture on it.

The worksheets below look at all aspects of Ancient Greek culture including art, philosophy, religion, Capital Cities, government and even the advent of the Olympics.

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Ancient Greek Philosophy Reading Passage

The word philosophy means "love of wisdom." Ancient Greek philosophy was characterized largely by reason and rational thought, and laid the foundation for Western intellectual thinking. The Greek philosophers often challenged the status quo, and their ideas were not always welcome during their time.

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Ancient Greek Philosophy - Multiple Choice Questions

Aristotle, a student of Plato, studied with Plato for 20 years. Aristotle wrote treatises, not dialogues. His thoughts on ethics, politics, science, art, and metaphysics dominated Western thought for centuries after his death.

Ancient Greek Art

Ancient Greek artists never portrayed human inperfection. While we associate Greek art the most with sculpture, they also frequently painted on the sides of buildings, though few examples have survived.

Ancient Greek Art - Short Answer Questions

Which period of Greek art was characterized by the cultures of the people that the Greeks had conquered?

Ancient Greek Temples

The temples of Ancient Greece were places where people went to pray to their gods. Every city had one particular god or goddess that they believed protected the city.

QUESTIONS: Ancient Greek Temples

The most famous of the temples built by Pericles' project was the Parthenon, honoring the patron goddess of Athena. It sits on the Acropolis, a naturally-formed pedestal of rock which was the site of the first settlement in Athens.

Athens and Sparta

Athens and Sparta were both city states in ancient Greece. They were similar in their forms of government, in that both cities had an Assembly whose members were elected by the people.

QUESTIONS: Athens and Sparta

What did Athens see as its role in Greece? Why was this a problem?

Hades and the Underworld

The Underworld had three different areas that can roughly be compared to our ideas of heaven, hell, and purgatory.

QUESTIONS: Hades and the Underworld

Hades had a wife called Persephone. Persephone was the daughter of the goddess of nature, Demeter.

The Olympians Reading Passage

The Greeks believed that their lives were influenced by the twelve gods and goddesses who lived on a high mountain called Mount Olympus, the top of which was hidden by clouds.

QUESTIONS: The Greek Gods

What is an example of how the Greeks thought their gods and goddesses intervened in human affairs?

Ancient Greek Democracy

A democracy is a system of government in which the power is vested in the people, and they use that power either directly, through voting, or via representatives that they vote for. In ancient Greek democracies, every male citizen had equal political rights, freedom of speech, and the opportunity to directly participate in the making of political decisions which influenced their daily lives.

QUESTIONS: Ancient Greek Democracy

Athenians who became _________________ could be cast out of the city-state.

Ancient Greek Drama Reading Worksheet

Men sang songs to welcome Dionysus, and plays were presented. Early Greek plays included dancing and music, and it was this rhythmic and musical element of Greek drama that eventually became the chorus.

Ancient Greek Drama - Multiple Choice Questions

A Greek playwright named Aeschylus made changes to this earlier, more primitive style of drama, and his plays were the first to resemble drama as we know it today.

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games were the most important sporting event in Ancient Greece, and can be traced back to 776 BC. They originated in Olympia, in southwest Greece, and were a religious festival in honor of Zeus.

The Olympic Games - Short Answer Questions

As the Olympic Games were a religious festival, many people also visited the temple of Zeus at this time, and the climactic event of the festival was the sacrifice of 100 oxen on the Altar of Zeus.

Euclidean Geometry

Elements codified geometry as we know it today. It was written by Euclid, who founded a school of mathematics in the Greek city of Alexandria in Egypt around 300 BC.

Euclidean Geometry - Questions

Euclidean geometry is a synthetic geometry, which means that it proceeds logically from axioms describing the basic properties of things like points and lines to propositions about them, without the use of coordinates on a grid.