Table of Contents

From the book: Lessons for Teaching Ancient Greek History

Outline of the Nine Key Topics and Events:

1. The land of Greece including map drawing, locating major mountains, seas, and islands such as Olympus, the Aegean, and Peloponnesus; locating major cultural/ historical sites such as Athens, Sparta, Delphi, Samos, Troy, etc.; descriptions of the terrain and climate, and foods that are raised such as olives, grapes, goats, etc.

2. The Minoans: King Minos of Crete; beginnings of sailing; first Greek art

3. The Conquest of Troy;The Trojan War (1184 B.C.); scenes from the Iliad

4. The Poet Homer ca. 800 B.C., the Theogony of Hesiod

5. The Birth of Thinking: Thales, Heraclitus, Pythagoras; geometry, speculation on the cosmos and nature, etc. Approximately 600 B.C.

6. The City States: life in Athens compared with life in Sparta;

Solon in Athens compared with Lycurgus in Sparta

7. The Greek and Persian Wars 492-479 B.C.

Xerxes of Persia; the Battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis

8. The Golden Age of Greece 480-399 B.C.

  1. The Olympic Games
  2. Everyday Life
  3. Greek theater
  4. Art and architecture
  5. The Peloponnesian War

9. Alexander the Great and Hellenism