Ancient Greek Jobs Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

People who lived in ancient Greece had different jobs. This lesson will teach you about the different kinds of jobs people had, who did them and some other interesting facts about working in ancient Greece.

Jobs in Ancient Greece

When someone asks what you want to be when you grow up, you can pick from any kind of job you want, whether you're a boy or a girl. Maybe you want to be a doctor, chef, or even a video game designer. It's up to you and the hard work you put in at school.

But in ancient Greece, men and women had very different jobs and usually couldn't choose what they wanted to do.

Women's Jobs in Ancient Greece

Women in ancient Greece didn't have much choice about what they could do. Women's main jobs were to get married, take care of the house and have babies, especially boy babies who could carry on the family name. Girl babies weren't favored as much as the boys, nor did they get to go to school when they got older.

Today, when you outgrow your clothes, your parents probably go to the store and buy them. But in ancient Greece, most women spun the thread, wove the fabric, and made all the clothes for the family.

Many women had female slaves to help with the daily jobs around the house. The slaves usually did the cooking, cleaning, and also helped take care of children. They also went out to a fountain and carried water back to the house. They couldn't just turn on a faucet and grab a sip of water.

Men's Jobs in Ancient Greece

Rich, upper-class men in ancient Greece, called aristocrats, usually owned and managed land estates and had slaves who did the work taking care of it. But most men had jobs and had to work, though many had slaves to help them even if they weren't rich.

When you're hungry, you probably grab a snack that your parents bought at the grocery store. In ancient Greece, some men worked as farmers and grew crops like vegetables, wheat, beans, olives, and grapes that they could eat and sell at the market, which was kind of like an outdoor mall.

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