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Ancient Greece - Everyday Life
The Ancient Greeks used olive oil for cooking and for lamps.

Ancient Greece - Everyday Life

Ancient Greece is one of the civilisations looked at in KS2 history. Not only the wars and myths, but also the everyday life of ordinary folk living at the time.

What was everyday life like for the ordinary people living in Ancient Greece? The classical period in Greece began 2,500 years ago with the first democracy in Athens, but it was not as advanced as you might think. Life was very different for men and women. Men made the important decisions, fought in the army, played sports and met in public. Boys went to school while girls stayed at home. Slavery was also common and the majority of Athenian citizens owned at least one slave

This quiz is all about what everyday life was like for the ordinary people living in Ancient Greece. Have a go and see how much you know about them.

1.
What did Greeks write with at school?
Chalk
Pen
Stylus
Pencil
Styluses were used to write on wax which could then be reused by melting and cooling
2.
What was the name of the temple to Athena in Athens?
Parthenon
Acropolis
Heraion
Knossos
The Parthenon was built on a hill known as the Acropolis
3.
What did Greek women use to make their faces pale?
Chalk
Lead
Foundation
Olive oil
Lead is poisonous so they were doing more harm than good
4.
What was the tunic worn by Greek women called?
Doublet
Chiton
Robe
Gown
There were two types of chiton - the Doric, which had no sleeves, and the Ionic which was pinned, sewn, or buttoned all the way from the neck to the wrists
5.
What did Greeks build to honour their Gods?
Churches
Temples
Synagogues
Mosques
The Ancient Greeks worshipped different gods to Christians, Jews and Muslims
6.
Which Greeks went to school?
Boys
Girls
Boys and girls
There were no schools
Boys went to school from the age of 7, girls were educated at home
7.
What was the name of the Greek ships?
Galleons
Byblos
Triremes
Long ship
Triremes had three rows of oars, hence their name which translates into English as Three-Rower
8.
What were Ancient Greek houses made of?
Clay and mud
Stone and thatch
Brick and slate
Wattle and daub
The houses were made from bricks made from mud dried in the sun. Mud houses were fragile and had to rebuild every few years
9.
What type of oil did Greeks use for cooking and lamps?
Cod liver oil
Peanut oil
Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Olives grew well in Greece's climate
10.
Which of the following could become a citizen?
Women
Slaves
Children
Men
Athens was the first democracy but only adult males who were not slaves were allowed to vote. This meant that about 5 in every six people had no vote

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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