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Compare and contrast the geography of Ancient Greece and Aotearoa/NZ by completing Task 1 on your worksheet.
Are there more similarities than differences or vice versa? Explain your opinion to your neighbour.
Answers Similarities Differences Both Greece and NZ are mostly surrounded by water Most major cities are close to the coastline Sea is an important means of transport NZ is an island whereas Greece is part of Europe and the north borders several countries Greece is dryer than NZ Greece isn’t as green: it has less trees and foliage Greece has more mountainous areas NZ has more volcanoes
A polis was more similar to a Maori pa than a modern city: it was a community which included a city or large town as well as the surrounding villages, farms and countryside and the people who lived in them.
Inhabitants of the polis shared a common language and religious ideas.