Life in ancient greece

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Life in ancient greece

  1. 1. Life in Ancient Greece Helen Fausett, ED 684From: ancienthistory.mrdonn.org
  2. 2. Discover the lives of Ancient Greeks… …from their myths and gods to how womenwere treated. This tutorial will set the stagefor how life was in Ancient Greece around thetime that Sophocles’ Oedipus the King was firstwritten.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  3. 3. In this presentation, we will look at:Religion and mythologyThe role of womenHome life in Ancient GreeceTheater during ancient timesSophocles, a playwright during the time
  4. 4. Greek life centered on religion. Religion was used to make both big and small decisions in the ancient Greek culture.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  5. 5. Greeks were dedicated to worshipping the gods and they believed that the gods controlled every part of their lives.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  6. 6. The lives of women inancient Greece wererestricted. Womenwere very much underthe control of theirhusbands, fathers, orbrothers, and rarelytook part in politics orany form of public life.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  7. 7. A girl would marry very young, at the age of 13 or 14, and her husband was chosen for her by her father.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  8. 8. So far, in this presentation, we have looked at:Religion and mythologyThe role of womenHome life in Ancient GreeceTheater during ancient timesSophocles, a playwright
  9. 9. In ancient Greece, the futureof a baby rested entirely inthe hands of its father.When a baby was born, themother handed the baby tothe father who would thendecide to let it live. If thebaby was a girl, or the familycould not afford it, the fathermay decide to abandon it.Some abandoned babieswere saved by other familiesand brought up as slaves.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  10. 10. The Greeks liked their homes to be private. There likely would be a statue of the god Hermes on the front porch to prevent evil spirits from entering.From DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
  11. 11. Greek plays wereperformed in open-airtheaters built like semi-circles. Seats were builtinto the hillsides. From: theatresaurus.blogspot.com
  12. 12. In a large, open-air Greek theater, classical masks were able tobring the characters face closer to the audience, especiallysince they had exaggerated facial features and expressions.They enabled an actor to appear and reappear in severaldifferent roles, thus preventing the audience from identifyingthe actor to one specific character. Wikipedia.com Greek theater masks
  13. 13. Sophocles was one of 3 great Greek writersof tragedy. He lived from 496-406 B.C. and only 7 of his original 100 complete tragedies survived.
  14. 14. Sophocles is known for writing about Oedipus,the mythological figure who proved central toFreud and the history of psychoanalysis. From earthpages.wordpress.com on Freud’s Oedipus complex
  15. 15. In this presentation, we have looked at:The importance of religion andmythology in Ancient GreeceThe role of women in ancient timesHome life in Ancient GreeceTheater during ancient timesSophocles, a Greek playwright andauthor of “Oedipus the King”
  16. 16. End of Lesson

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