Weekly Overview

The Big Idea

The civilizations of both ancient Greece and ancient Rome were rich and complex. Their cultural and political traditions continue to influence Western society today.

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: The Ancient Greek City-States – What different forms of government were adopted by various city-states?
  • LESSON 2: Athens – In what ways was Athenian democracy limited?
  • LESSON 3: Sparta – Why were Spartan children, especially boys, treated so harshly? 
  • LESSON 4: The Olympic Games – What were the Olympic Games?  
  • LESSON 5: The Persian Wars – Why do you think the Spartans and the Athenians joined together to fight the Persians in the later battles of the Persian Wars?

Materials List

The following materials list will be used for the entire four weeks: Materials List.

Weekly Assessment

Alternative Video Links

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