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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.
A 'screw' used to pump water and some solids is named after which Greek who invented it?
Socrates
Pythagoras
Plato
Archimedes
Archimedes also invented a heat ray which was used to burn enemy ships by focussing the light of the sun on them!
2.
Which political system was first developed in Ancient Greece?
Feudalism
Democracy
Communist
Dictatorship
Athens was the first democracy in 500 BC
3.
Which word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?
Alpha Male
Alphabet
Numerals
Letters
Alpha and Beta are the first two letters of the Greek alphabet
4.
When was the first Olympic Games held in Ancient Greece?
3000 BCE
776 BCE
776 CE
1896 CE
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
5.
Which of these is NOT a Greek architectural style?
Corinthian
Ionic
Rococo
Doric
Rococo came in the 18th Century - 2,000 years later!
6.
What is a common feature of Ancient Greek architecture?
Column
Pointed arch
Dome
Minaret
Greek columns were copied by the Romans and Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries
7.
What kind of entertainment venue originates from Ancient Greece?
Theatre
Cinema
Ballroom
Discotheque
The Greek plays were either comedy (funny) or tragedy (sad and serious)
8.
Who were the Olympic Games held in honour of?
Aphrodite
Athena
Hercules
Zeus
Zeus was the king of the gods
9.
Which of these also originated in Ancient Greece?
Courts and juries
Police force
Prisons
Solicitors
The juries in Ancient Greece would put a disc in one of two jars - one for guilty and one for not guilty
10.
Which Greek taught us about triangles?
Socrates
Pythagoras
Plato
Archimedes
Pythagoras worked out new formulas for mathematics - which you will learn at secondary school!

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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