This book is about Ancient greece and the brave people that lived there.
At the first Greek olympics there was one event called the stadion. It was a race that went one lap around the staduim. More events were added with the next olympics, including wrestling, racing, boxing, and the penathalon. The penathalon had five parts; the long jump, disc throw, javelin throw, stadion race, and wrestling.
In Greece there was a brave, strong, and smart man known as Hercules. His father was Zeus, and his mother, Alcmene. He was a demigod, that meant that he was half god, half human. When his mother, Alcmene, first heard about him, she wanted him dead, so she put two snakes into his crib, but he strangled them with his bare hands!
Hercules married a princess named Megara. They were living a happy life. This made the goddess Hera angry. So she put a spell on his family to make Hercules think his family were a bunch of snakes. Hercules killed the snakes but soon found out they were his wife and kids. He was riddled with guilt. To get rid of his guilt he went for advice from the Oracle of Delphi. He told him he must accomplish twelve tasks to rid his guilt. Here are some of the tasks. 1. Slay the lion of Nemea. 2. Slay the Lernean Hydra. 3. Slay the Stymphlalian birds. 4. Steal the Mares of Diomedes. These were called the twelve labors of Hercules.
The rivalry between Athens and Sparta. Athens and Sparta were two greek city-states during the Persian wars. In 477 B.C., Athens organized an allience called the Delian League. It consisted of states in Asia Minor and on Aegean islands. Sparta lead the Peloponnesian League. The two rivals struggled for dominance of the greek world during the middle and late 400's B.C.
Periods of greek art. The Ancient greeks were known for their perfection in art. During the classical era they developed their own style called the Severe Style. The greeks from the Archaic Period made sculptures of men and women. The men were called the Kouroi and the woman called the Korai. During the Classical Period, Greek artists sculpted people in more relaxed postures.
Family life. The husband was the head of the household and was responsible for its members. The wife mostly raised the children. In prosperous families, the wife supervised slaves, and the slaves looked after the children and did most of the work. Women also spun thread and wove cloth, even in wealthy families. Woman are under the legal control of their fathers before they are married. After married, a woman is under the legal control of her husband.
Greece is an amazing place full of amazing art, cities, and olympic events. A lot of people are unfortunate, and many people try to help them.
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