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Ancient Greek Civilization Resources

Any study of ancient history would be incomplete without a stop in Ancient Greece.

Why Study Ancient Greece?

Western Civilization owes a great debt to this ancient society --the seeds of democracy, mathematics, philosophy, theater, and art.

The great classics of this period, including the Greek myths, The Iliad, and The Odyssey, have remained foundational works of literature for hundreds of years.

All educated Westerners should be familiar with these stories since so many other works of literature and even our very language include allusions to them.

There are a lot of great resources for studying Ancient Greece. I've compiled the best ones here. Some are free, online things. Others are retail. But the good news is that many of them are in the public domain and FREE. Whether you want a living books approach or want to make a lapbook (or maybe both), you will find some excellent materials hidden in the links below./ul>

History is an amazing subject. It can be made deadly dull or wonderfully thrilling depending on the approach taken.

Using living books and biography to teach history makes these foreign, ancient civilizations come alive. Children may not have the maturity to comprehend political movements and philosophical paradigms, but they certainly can understand and remember a good story.

Teach children about Ancient Greece through the stories of this time -- about gods and goddesses and about heroes and kings.

Notebooking Pages has a wonderful set of 240 Ancient Greek pages covering people, places, and events in a variety of notebooking layouts.

Buy the pages directly from Notebooking Pages or from Currclick. Below are examples of Alexander the Great pages from this set which my daughter used in seventh grade.

Here are some of the best free printables on the Internet. Examine which ones would fit well with your unit study.

We love to use lapbooking in homeschool. It's a great way for creative children to record what they have learned. The slideshow below has pictures of my daughter's first grade Ancient Greece lapbook.

For ideas when planning your own Ancient Greece lapbook, look at this PDF from Mr. Mepham.

For more lapbook pictures, visit

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If you're studying the art of Ancient Greece, these three sets of notebooking pages will be an asset to your curriculum. These free printables are offered by The Notebooking Fairy.

If you would like a little nudge toward lapbooking or notebooking Ancient Greece, look at these History Pocket reproducibles. Evan Moor products are high quality with attractive graphics and rich factual content.

Need something NOW? CurrClick offers immediate downloads of ebooks -- unit studies, lapbooks, and notebooking pages, and Evan Moor's History Pockets.

For a peek inside the books, visit Google Books. (Books can't be saved or printed. This is for preview purposes only.)

Your study of Ancient Greece should include stories of at least some of the major myths. If your children are like my daughter, they will want more and more of these fanciful tales.

If you are a Christian struggling with whether or not you should teach myths, read these articles:

The Loom from Tapestry of Grace

Thoughts by bloggers:

Lexi on Christians teaching myths

Kristi on mythology.

The following four books are great choices for beginners to learn about Greek mythology. Two of them are free and in the public domain.

Greek Myths

For some simple printable lapbooking components to accompany this book, visit Turtle Island Adventures.

Gods and Heroes - by Robert Edward Francillon

The Baldwin Online Children's Project has dozens of texts in the public domain that relate to Ancient Greece. I will highlight a few of the more popular ones. But you can find the entire list here.

Public domain text for Gods and Heroes can be found at these sites:

1. The Baldwin Project

2. Archive.org

3. Google Books

The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children - by Charles Kingsley

Listen to The Heroes with free MP3 audio files downloaded from Librivox.

Public domain text for The Heroes can be found at these sites:

1. The Baldwin Project

2. Archive.org

3. Google Books

4. ManyBooks

Audio Greek Tales

I'm a huge fan of audio learning! Why? First of all, it seems painless. You can listen as you do other tasks -- chores or crafts. Also it's entertaining in a way that engages the imagination (unlike television's visual stimulation). Supplement your study of Ancient Greece with some audio stories.

For some great FREE MP3 downloads, visit Storynory's Greek Myths page. You will find retellings of these exciting stories: The Homecoming of Odysseus, Circe the Beautiful Witch, In the Cyclops Cave, The Wooden Horse, and Troy. You can also preview the full story text before you download.

Iliad for Boys and Girls - by Alfred John Church

Memoria Press has a great article titled Why Read Homer's Iliad. Although the article assumes you are studying the Iliad in it's original Latin, many of the arguments listed are valid even for a children's version of the classic epic.

The Iliad for Boys and Girls is in audio MP3 format at Librivox.org. This is a free download!

The Iliad for Boys and Girls is available at these sites:

1. The Baldwin Project

2. Google Books

3. Archive.org

Look at the free Iliad lapbook printables at Daisies and Dominoes. It's really well done and FREE.

A Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes

A public domain text of The Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes can be found at The Baldwin Project.

For some fantastic line drawings (suitable for coloring pages) of Odysseus, visit Karen's Whimsey. Be sure to go on to her next page of more Odyssey images, all in the public domain.

More Free Public Domain Books

About Ancient Greece

ManyBooks.net is a favorite site because of the huge range of formats you can choose from including Kindle, PDF, mobi, sony reader, etc. Here are some of their Ancient Greece titles:

The Story of the Odyssey by Rev. Alfred J. Church

The Golden Fleece andd The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum

Myths and Legendary Heroes: Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2

Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History by Charlotte Mary Yonge

The Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber

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Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

A great lens on all things Greek! I'm a former homeschooling mom-kids are grown up now. You have some really nice homeschooling lenses. I know where to send people looking for homeschooling ideas.

LilliputStation 6 years ago

My youngest four are studying Ancient history this year. Since my three youngest are the only ones who really enjoy lapbooking (the others tolerate it) we are doing a lot of it. But none of them are writing much, so I need activities for early learners. I think I'm going to end up getting the Evan-Moore history pockets.

Unless you feel inspired to create something. . . in all your free time . . . ha, ha!

I love what you've done with this lens. I'll be back often throughout the year.

anonymous 6 years ago

I have another question for you...if an image is in the public domain does that mean it's ok for me to paste it onto my own notebook page, and then share it online for others who may want to use it? What about if I use a quote I find online? How do I know if it is in the public domain?

If it's easier to email me, please feel free. It's my blog name at yahoo.

I really appreciate it.


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julieannbrady 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA Level 6 Commenter

Ah, what a wonderful part of a child's education! Greek classics -- there is so much to learn from these -- even for adults.

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Andy-Po 5 years ago from London, England Level 1 Commenter

I was brought up on Greek classics although they were relatively new then ;-) There are some fantastic, exciting stories.

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isabella lm 5 years ago

Why don't you join with this nice lens the

Greece Group?

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Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

Wonderful lens. I loved reading the Greek Classics - 5*!

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SusanDeppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

My children really enjoyed our studies of ancient Greece. I recommend the Alfred Church versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Great read-alouds! Love your lapbook pictures!

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nekoneko 5 years ago

I lheart anciient greece

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Kristenph 5 years ago

Lots of great resources here. I lensrolled it on my classical homeschool lens.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks so much for the link to my Ancient Greek paper dolls. I did move the blog around a bit, so the link you'll want to visit is: http://paperdali.blogspot.com/search/label/Ancient... Just thought I'd let you know in case you update the links. Thanks so much for the kind mention!

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JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Cool stuff!

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isabella lm 3 years ago

Thank you for creating this great lens on the Greek classics!

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ChrisDay LM 3 years ago

Stunning image of Greek Temple - is it Poseidonia (Paestum)?

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Barb McCoy 3 years ago

Hi Jimmie,

My Google search for mythology info for our Ancients study led me to your lens. :)

I found quite a few things I can use with Mr. B over the next term to supplement our study of Ancient Greece. Thanks for putting such a great and beautiful lens together.

While I'm here, adding to my favorites, lensrolling, and blessing.

***Blessed by an Angel***

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AnnRadley 3 years ago

I've travelled through Greece and saw many of the ancient sites, ran in the original stadium in Olympia. I love the Illiad and really enjoyed reading that Usborne book of mythology with my daughter when she was 8 or so. Thanks for this wonderful lens!

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TolovajWordsmith 3 years ago from Ljubljana Level 3 Commenter

Greek myths are a base of our civilisation. We should not forget it. Our time and ourvaluesare just a pinch in the ocean of humankind.

anonymous 3 years ago

Going to be using this as a reference for our Greek study in the Fall!

Thank you!

ladykida 2 years ago

Great lens for kids.

anonymous 2 years ago

Pinning this lens to my pinboard for EDUCATION. I like the clipart above.

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LLMom27 2 years ago

Great resources! I love the lapbook. I hope to delve into Ancient Greece. I would also love to learn some Greek. I really think learning about these ancient civilizations and their languages really forms a person.

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TinasCraft 2 years ago

Being a Greek i think that this is a great lens

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NoYouAreNot 17 months ago

I'm so glad you took the time to compile this page!

Very nice resources on ancient Greece.

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