Greek Myths, Monsters, & Heroes

 

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Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece is called "the birthplace of Western civilization".  About 2500 years ago, the Greeks created a way of life that other people admired and copied.  The Romans copied Greek art and Greek gods, for example. The Ancient Greeks tried out democracy, started the Olympic Games and left new ideas in science, art and philosophy (thinking about life).  READ MORE

 

 

Aesop's Fables

Popular translations of 86 of his famous fables. To hear the fables, to learn about Aesop himself, or to read alternative versions of the fables, click on the sign below.

 

Aesop's Illustrated Fables

20 of Aesop's fables with illustrations added.

 

Ancient Greece

Use their geography page as a starting off point for links to maps, photos, and virtual tours of ancient Greece. Nice genealogy diagram in their mythology section.

 

Ancient Greek Links

A collection of links on every aspect of Ancient Greece.  Includes craft ideas and lesson plans and classroom activities.

 

How To Make Greek Musical Instruments

Make a lyre, pan pipes or your own Grecian style drum.   

 

Greek Pottery

Dozens of images of ancient Greek pottery.

Decorate your own virtual Greek pottery

 

Greek Games

Learn about Greek culture and history as you play these online games.

 

 

Hercules

Read all about this most famous Greek hero. Uses excellent close-up photos of pottery depicting various Gods, Goddesses, and heroes for its illustrations.

 

The Iliad
(Adapted for kids.)

The great epic story by Homer. Find out about Achilles and that darned heel of his, and learn why the Trojans dragged that big horse inside the city. (No, it's not "just because they were dumb".)

 

The Iliad -- "non-adapted" version

To get a taste of the real thing, sample a few books from this version of the Iliad. Of course, bear in mind that this too is an adaptation -- the real original was written in Greek, and was poetry, not prose.

 

Lessons Aesop Never Taught

 

 

Make Your Own Greek MadLibs

This is very silly and great way to get reluctant writers to pick up that pencil.

 

 

MythMania

This site actually rates a triple wow -- it's that awesome! If you only visit one of the links on this page, make it this one. Contains all the myths, hero tales, biographies of all the major Greek gods and heroes, plus information on Mount Olympus, the Underworld, Greek Costumes and much more. Beautiful pictures too!

 

MythWeb

Cartoon--illustrated versions of great hero tales. Learn about Odysseus, Jason, Bellerophon, Hercules, and the many, many tales of Theseus . Some with animation.

At this site you will also find explanations of Greek words and phrases that we still commonly use today, and an online encyclopedia of people and places in Greek mythology.

 

The Odyssey
(Adapted for kids)

Even more popular today than the Iliad -- perhaps because it's fantastic monsters and catastrophe's make for exciting Hollywood movies. Learn about the journey of Odysseus and his crew as they run the gauntlet past a giant Cyclops, singing sirens, whirlpools, and windstorms. What a man won't go through to get home to his family!

 

 

 

Looking for a fun and effective way to learn more about Greek Mythology?  Try the Percy Jackson series by New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan. 

Funny, fast paced, and filled with quirky characters and wild action that kids love, they're a great way to bring the qualities and characters of the Greek pantheon to life!

 

 

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