Our Political Roots


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We modeled our government and many buildings after Athens, Greece. Olympics also started in Athens, Greece. Shown in class....great review!

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  • Athens, Greece was chosen as the capital because of the location (centrally located) just like Washington D.C.
  • Greece is on the continent of EUROPE. Test Question
  • Discuss Washington D.C. being chosen as our nations capital because of the central location. TEST QUESTION
  • Test Questions!!!!!
  • When the Persian military officer Tigranes "heard that the prize was not money but a crown [of olive, Kotinos ], he could not hold his peace, but cried, 'Good heavens, Mardonius, what kind of men are these that you have pitted us against? It is not for money they contend, but for glory of achievement!" Herodotus, Histories, 8.26.3
  • Our Political Roots

    1. 1. Our Political Roots Our Political Roots
    2. 2. Roots of Our Democracy <ul><li>During the founding of the United States, many people felt that ancient Greece expressed the ideals of democracy. Democracy was important to the founders so they modeled the Architecture of Ancient Greece. </li></ul><ul><li>Greek Architecture reflected classical ideals of order and symmetry. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Athens, Greece
    4. 4. www.meredithargo.pbworks.com Click on the link above to access another map of Athens, Greece
    5. 6. <ul><li>Let’s identify the similarities between Greek Architecture and our government buildings in the United States. Look for classical ideals of order and symmetry. What is the definition of Architecture? </li></ul>
    6. 7. The Acropolis Museum
    7. 8. The Parthenon in Greece
    8. 9. The Supreme Court of the United States
    9. 10. The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee
    10. 11. The White House
    11. 12. Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello
    12. 13. First Bank of Philadelphia
    13. 14. Why? <ul><li>Many Americans believe that Greece is a symbol of democracy, freedom, and all the rights that we hold today. </li></ul><ul><li>This symbol is important to American citizens so many of our government buildings in the United States are modeled after buildings in Greece. </li></ul>
    14. 15. The Olympics
    15. 16. The Olympics began in Greece.
    16. 17. The Olympic Traditions <ul><li>The Olympics began in the year 776 b.c. They are held every four years to represent spirit and competition. </li></ul><ul><li>The Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. </li></ul>
    17. 18. The Olympic Tradition that still exist.
    18. 19. Track and Field
    19. 20. Discus
    20. 21. Equestrian
    21. 22. Greek Influence on our Laws <ul><li>It all began in Greece in the year 620 b.c. by a man named Draco. </li></ul><ul><li>The Greeks began many of the laws and systems that we use today. </li></ul>
    22. 23. The Greeks invented and we still use… <ul><li>Greeks </li></ul><ul><li>Law Givers </li></ul><ul><li>Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Public Law </li></ul><ul><li>Dikastic Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Constitution of Athens </li></ul><ul><li>The United States </li></ul><ul><li>Attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Restate Law </li></ul><ul><li>Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S. Constitution </li></ul>
    23. 24. Quiz <ul><li>Question One: </li></ul><ul><li>The United States Government buildings are modeled after what country? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Greece </li></ul>
    24. 25. Question 2 <ul><li>Democracy began in the ancient city of … </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Athens, Greece </li></ul>
    25. 26. Question 3 <ul><li>What continent is Athens, Greece located? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Europe </li></ul>
    26. 27. Question 4 <ul><li>The Olympic games are held every ______ years. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: 4 </li></ul>
    27. 28. Question 5 <ul><li>The Olympic games represent _____________________________. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: spirit and competition </li></ul>
    28. 29. Question 6 <ul><li>Why was Washington D.C. and Athens chosen as it’s nation capitals? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Because they are both centrally located. </li></ul>