Ancient Greek Inventions
Pythagoras taught us about triangles.

Ancient Greek Inventions

In KS2 history children will look at the culture of Ancient Greece. One aspect of this is the Ancient Greek inventions and customs that are still in use today.

Ancient Greek inventions were new devices from around 2,500 years ago. Some of their ideas and inventions are still in use today. Did you know that the watermill was invented by Greek engineers somewhere between the 3rd and 1st century BC? Or that democracy began in ancient Athens? Or that theatre has its origins in Ancient Greece? Ancient Greek customs are still with us too. The Olympics began 2,500 years ago in Ancient Olympia in Greece and it was revived as the modern Olympic Games in the 19th Century.

How much do you know about Ancient Greek Inventions and customs still in use today? Play this quiz to find out.

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  1. Which political system was first developed in Ancient Greece?
    Athens was the first democracy in 500 BC
  2. Which of these is NOT a Greek architectural style?
    Rococo came in the 18th Century - 2,000 years later!
  3. When was the first Olympic Games held in Ancient Greece?
    The games were held to honour the King of the Greek gods and they were banned in 394 AD when the Roman Emperor wanted to impose Christianity as the state religion
  4. Which word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?
    Alpha and Beta are the first two letters of the Greek alphabet
  5. Which of these also originated in Ancient Greece?
    The juries in Ancient Greece would put a disc in one of two jars - one for guilty and one for not guilty
  6. Who were the Olympic Games held in honour of?
    Zeus was the king of the gods
  7. Which Greek taught us about triangles?
    Pythagoras worked out new formulas for mathematics - which you will learn at secondary school!
  8. What is a common feature of Ancient Greek architecture?
    Greek columns were copied by the Romans and Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries
  9. A 'screw' used to pump water and some solids is named after which Greek who invented it?
    Archimedes also invented a heat ray which was used to burn enemy ships by focussing the light of the sun on them!
  10. What kind of entertainment venue originates from Ancient Greece?
    The Greek plays were either comedy (funny) or tragedy (sad and serious)

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