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Ancient Greece Vocab

Vocab words for 7th Grade Social Studies - Ch. 8

polis Greek word for city-state
classical filled with great achievements
acropolis a fortress atop a tall hill in the center of the city-states
democracy type of government in which people rule themselves
oligarchy government in which only a few people have power
aristocrats rich landowners
citizens people with the right to participate in government
tyrant leader who rules by the use of force
Pericles Athenian leader who ruled at the height of Athenian democracy
mythology body of stories about gods or heroes that tries to explain how the world works
Homer author of two great epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey
Sappho most famous lyrical poet of ancient Greece
Aesop author of the world's most famous set of fables
fables short stories that offer lessons on living
Created by: Ms. Thacker