Those Clever Ancient Greeks

A Task for 7C:

Even the school pillars show the influence of ancient Greek architecture.

First student: “The pillars at the front of the school? Hmm, would you say they’re Doric,Greek columns from pd Ionic or Corinthian?”


Second student: “We’re just starting to study geometry and trigonometry in Maths.”


Third student: “I’d like to take Philosophy in Year 11. I’ve heard the teacher is very good. She uses the Socratic method…”


Fourth student: “You know one thing I hate about school? It’s so undemocratic. The teachers are all despots.”


Every single one of these statements touches on the legacy of the ancient Greeks. We might have arrived at all of these concepts without them, but since we can never know what would have been in history, we can’t be sure.

Now there’s a philosophical question…

You are about to visit another ancient civilisation, one whose influence reaches, as the examples above show, to the present day.

By the way, all the photos in this post were taken by my brother Ern during his trip to Greece. I am using them with his permission. 


Write brief answers IN SENTENCES to the questions below, using the websites provided or your textbook.


♦What does the word “philosophy” mean?

/browse/philosophy (There are six definitions given. Look for the one you find easiest to understand.)

♦Where did the Greeks believe the gods and goddesses lived?

Read THIS SITE to discover the answer to this question.

♦Name a famous landmark from ancient Athens.

Look at the picture at THIS LINK for ideas.

♦What was the word for the market place in Athens?

This site has an interactive map and many details about ancient Athens (and modern tourism).

♦Name the two most famous city-states of ancient Greece.

♦Name three famous ancient Greek philosophers.

♦What was Euclid famous for?

♦How did Socrates teach?

♦What happened to Socrates and why?

♦Name one aspect of Athenian life that was not at all democratic!

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