This is a look at several photos (fair use) of Greece, along with instructions on writing descriptive sentences as practice for a homework assignment on incorporating description into a writing exercise.
Hello, and welcome to a brief description of the geography of ancient Greece. As you watch,
you should have pencil and paper, or another writing tool, handy. You should be trying to
write descriptive sentences for each slide you see.
• Presents a word-picture of something,
somewhere or someone:
• color, shape, line, texture, sound;
• affect, emotion, frame, image, portrait,
A descriptive sentence is meant to evoke a portrait or a landscape. It is an attempt to show
what someone looks like or what a place looks like. Sometimes there is an emotional
component, but mostly it’s about these elements.
Example of Description
• Hebe with all speed ﬁtted on the eight-spoked wheels of bronze that
were on either side of the iron axle-tree. The felloes of the wheels
were of gold, imperishable, and over these there was a tire of bronze,
wondrous to behold. The naves of the wheels were silver, turning
round the axle upon either side. The car itself was made with plaited
bands of gold and silver, and it had a double top-rail running all
round it. From the body of the car there went a pole of silver, on to
the end of which she bound the golden yoke, with the bands of gold
that were to go under the necks of the horses
• Homer, The Iliad, book V, section v.
Here’s an ancient example of descriptive sentences. There’s only minimal sense of time
passing as Hebe sets up the chariot and yokes the horses. Mostly it’s about describing the
• For each slide....
• Write 2-3 sentences that describe the
• Use images of color, shape, line, texture,
and activity; and...
• Be as speciﬁc as you can be.
As you see each slide, try writing a few descriptive sentences. Tonight, as part of your
homework, you’ll be writing a general description of Greece, to which you’ll add these
A Map of Greece
Notice in particularly the position of Mt. Olympus, the region of Thessaly in the north, and
Attica in the south, and Boeotia in the center. The island of Thera is almost directly north of
the center of the island of Crete, as well.