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By Oli Henderson

If someone told you studying Classical Greece was not relative, what would you say?

Do you think that Ancient and Classical Greece is something to be forgotten about? Well think again! Ancient and Classical Greece helped shape the world into what it is today! Do you want to know where we got ideas for our sport, architecture, language and more? Well what are you waiting for? Read on!

Sport:

Sport was very important in Ancient/Classical Greece. We still use some of their ideas today, one of them being the Olympics! But their version had some differences. For example, they had bare-hand boxing and ran naked, whereas today, we have gloved boxing and run with clothes on. But the Ancient Olympics and the modern Olympics have some similarities. They both have an opening/closing ceremony, swearing of not cheating and the Olympic flame. The Olympics used to happen every year and lasted five days. Every year, it happened in a different location: Olympia, Delphi, Corinth and Nemea.

Drama:

The Greeks loved their drama! They were the ones who came up with the idea of theatres and amphitheatres. There were three types of plays: comedy, tragedy and satyr. The parts of women were played by boys because neither women nor girls were allowed! They chose boys due to their high-pitched voice and the fact that, unlike men, they had no beards.

 

 

 

 

 

Architecture:

The Greeks came up with three orders of architecture that we still use today; the Doric order, the Ionic order and the Corinthian order. The Doric order was just basic columns with no decoration. The Ionic order was a little more decorative. It had scrolls either side of the top. The Corinthian order was the most decorative out of the three. It had scrolls, leaves and the acanthus plant at the top. Lots of buildings we have are influenced by Greek architecture, some of them being the White House, Blenheim palace and the Ashmoleon museum.

Words:

Interestingly, we get a lot of words from the Greeks, including amnesia which meant abliviation, bibblion which meant book, osteon which meant bone, tele which meant far off and mathematicos meaning the love of learning. And that’s just the start! But there are too many to list them all here.

 

Do you finally see that Classical Greece is something worth learning about? If someone asks you a question about it, will you be able to answer it? I hope that this article was helpful and enjoyable!

 

 

 

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