Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Greece

September 1, 2020

The story of Ancient Greece began between 1900 and 1600 BC. What followed was a period of political, philosophical, artistic and scientific achievements that formed a legacy with unparalleled influence on Western civilisation.

The “Britannica: Ancient Civilisations” series features bite-sized activity sets to help students explore in-depth, cultures, industries and empires from the ancient world. Other lessons in this series: Queens of Ancient Egypt

Primary School

Use this Britannica School (Australia) Primary Level Resource Pack ↗ to help primary students explore Ancient Greece, its culture, people and geography.

Teacher Tip:
Schools in New Zealand and Asia can also access this resource pack at:
Britannica School (New Zealand) Primary level resource pack ↗
Britannica School (Asia) Elementary level resource pack ↗


    1. Research the significant places from Ancient Greek times. Complete the An overview of Ancient Greece worksheet.
    2. In Ancient Greek times, the city of Athens was the most important of the Greek city-states. Named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom, it is often considered to be the birthplace of Western civilisation. Read the materials on Ancient Athens found in the resource pack. Use it to construct the front page of a newspaper that includes news, sport, entertainment and gossip about the city.
    3. Research a famous Ancient Greek, construct a biographical profile highlighting their life and achievements. You can use the biography articles from the resource pack or find your own, using Britannica School’s Explore Biographies tool.

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Middle School

Use this Britannica School (Australia) Middle Level Resource Pack ↗ to help middle students complete the following activities. It contains articles and multimedia.

Teacher Tip:
Schools in New Zealand and Asia can also access this resource pack at:
Britannica School (New Zealand) Middle level resource pack ↗
Britannica School (Asia) Middle level resource pack ↗


    1. Compare the two main powers during Ancient Greek times, Democratic Athens and the Military Power of Sparta. Download worksheet.
    2. Using articles and media from Britannica School, explore and respond to the following question: “In what ways did Ancient Greek culture have an enduring influence on modern Western society?” Download worksheet.
    3. Study the information on Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece, complete the Gods and Goddesses worksheet.

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