Set up: masking tape on floor to measure javellin throws and wallpaper and pens for making the poster, and put up map for pin the flag on Greece
 DRESS AS A GREEK(ask them to bring     sheets?)As people arrive dress them up in togas.As people are arriving ask them to DRAW GREEK INVENTIONS on big sheet of wallpaper to make group poster

Use list of inventions and innovations from Ancient Greece

Then when everyone has arrived gather together for song and then discuss the poster and everyones drawing

FIND GREECE ON A MAP (blindfolded)

After everyones go draw attention to the fact that Ancient Greece was bigger thanks to Alexander the Great so anyone who didn’t get their flag in Modern Greece may have got their flag in Ancient Greece!


Use sheet (wooden horse) to cover volunteers for hidden Greek army.  Ask for volunteers (who can read) to read the script for the Trojans.

Talk about how crazy it was that it happened and then let O tell how  it happened that Troy was invaded again!


  • Read the Boy and the Nettles – moral for Olympic Games). (below)
  • Split in to City States and introduce Athenians (with L) and Spartans (with O). Interview O and L to find out about differences between Athenians (noble and educated) and Spartans (wild and tough!) (See notes below)
  • Read out examples of Olympic games (ones we are not doing!) & tell them it the men would have competed NAKED! and the women would not have been there at all (BOO!)
  • Line up troops alphabetically (Greek invention)and parade outside or to starting line.
  • Compete in javellin or other penthalon events.
  • Make winners wreaths and parade out


TO BRINGcameraSheets

Safety pins

List of inventions (below)


Colouring pens

Laminated Map

Blue tack


Greek flags

Brown sheet

Story of Wooden Horse

Story of Boy and Nettles

Microphone for interview

Javellin (bamboo canes if outside or cardboard tubes if inside)

Masking tape for starting line

Ivy for wreaths

Stereo & Greek music

GREEK FOOD SNACK: Bread, olive oil and garlic, salad (tomatoes, olives), hummus, figs, grape juice, Melomakarona


The Boy and the Nettles

(Aesop fable. Adapted by Jeanette Larson.)

Playing in the woods, a boy pricked his finger on a nettle bush. He ran home and told his Mother. “Although I only touched the bush gently, it hurts me very much.” “That was just why it stung you,” said his Mother. “The next time you touch a nettle bush, grasp it boldly, and it will be soft as silk to your hand, and not in the least hurt you.”

Whatever you do, do with all your might.



You are a Spartan! Be proud! You have endured unbelievable pain and hardship to become a superior Spartan soldier and citizen! Taken away from your parents at age 7, you lived a harsh and often brutal life in the soldiers barracks. You were beaten by older children who started fights to help make you tough and strong. You were often were whipped in front of groups of other Spartans, including your parents, but never cried out in pain. You were given very little food, but encouraged to steal food, instead. If caught stealing, you were beaten. To avoid severe pain, you learned to be cunning, to lie, to cheat, to steal, and how to get away with it! Some of you are members of the Spartan secret police and enjoy spying on slaves. If you find a slave who is showing signs of leadership, you have orders to kill them immediately. You are fierce, capable, and proud of your strength. You know you are superior and are delighted to be Spartan!

Spartan Goals and Behavior at the Olympics: Win at all costs. Lie, cheat, do whatever it takes. If you can’t win, at least beat your archrival, those silly citizens of Athens. You are the proud and fierce Spartans! Dress alike with matching arm bands or buttons. Be loud but polite to your teacher who is your superior officer. Be on time. Be disciplined. Keep records. Make up a chant for Sparta, and chant it, while marching in unison, wherever you go. Make up a secret salute, and salute your fellow Spartans. Plot secretly with other Greek city-states to sabotage any Athenian chance at victory. Cheer only for your fellow Spartans at each event. Lie, cheat, steal, but do not get caught, because that is the Spartan way. Good luck at the games.


You are an Athenian! Be courteous. You have been superbly educated in the arts and the sciences, and trained to be extremely productive and capable in times of peace or war. You are an achiever. Until age 6 or 7, you were taught at home by your mother, or by a male slave. From age 7-14, you attended a day school in the neighborhood where you memorized Homeric poetry and learned to play that magnificent instrument, the lyre. You learned drama, public speaking, reading, writing, math, and perhaps even how to play the flute. You attended four years of higher school, and learned more about math and science and government. At 18, you attended military school for two additional years! You are proud to be an Athenian! Famed for its literature, poetry, drama, theatre, schools, buildings, government, and intellectual superiority, you have no doubt that yourpolis, Athens, is clearly the shining star of all the Greek city-states.

Athenian Goals and Behavior at the Olympics: You know your archrival, those horrible Spartans, will do anything to win, even lie and cheat, but you are Athenians – you would never stoop to such boorish behavior. Cooperate with your fellow Athenians to defeat those brutish Spartans, and do your personal best! Say witty things to impress representatives from other city-states. Be courteous to all Greeks, no matter what inferior city they represent. Make up a clever chant for Athens, and sing or say it each time an Athenian wins an event or a makes a witty comment. Shake hands with your fellow Athenians, whenever you greet them. You are Athenians, the clever, creative, courteous representatives of that shining example of all that is fine and noble, the polis of Athens. Good luck in the games!


oven heated bricks,
medicine and natural science in general,
thermoscope (forerunner of the modern day thermometer),
central heating…invented in ancient Greece and modified by the Romans, to name a few.
Chewing gum
City planning
Coin automat
Radiation mirrors
Greek alphabet


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