Ancient Greek Daily, Family & Home Life Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

It was the ancient world of great thinkers, elaborate architecture, and powerful militaries. Enter the world of ancient Greece and find out what daily life looked like as you discover their ways.

Ancient Greece

Greece was a powerhouse in the ancient world. It had a strong military and admired leaders, like Alexander the Great. It raised some of the world's greatest thinkers, like Socrates and Aristotle. It even developed democracy, holding that government was in the hands of the people, and was the founding place of the Olympic Games!

What would it have been like to live in this ancient land? Well, there were three things that were very important to all Greeks: education, strength, and culture. These determined what your daily life would be like, although it was different for boys and girls.

So, put on your ancient Greek tunic (which is like a long shirt worn without pants), strap on your sandals, and let's explore how education, strength, and culture played a role in everyday life for ancient Greeks!

Example of a Greek tunic

Daily Education

As a boy, depending on your family's wealth, you probably would have begun your day with a pedagogue, which was a school teacher who instructed you in reading, writing, and math. Music was also very important in ancient Greece, so you would have probably had daily singing and music lessons.

As a girl, you would have spent much of your day with your mom. She would have taught you how to run your own household by doing housework, weaving, and cooking. You would helped tend to the home, which would have been made of wood or mud bricks with a courtyard in the middle. Fortunately, there were no indoor bathrooms to scrub, and ancient Greeks ate with their hands, so no silverware to clean!

You would have helped your mom prepare daily meals with foods such as bread, eggs, vegetables, cheese, figs, nuts, and fish. If your family had money, slaves would have helped with the daily household work and shopping. In this case, you and your mom would have rarely left the house, as this was frowned upon.

Layout of an ancient Greek home. Oikos=family room, andron=room for men, gyneceum=room for women.

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