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7th Social Studies

UNIT 1 A VOCABULARY

TermDefinition
Peninsula A piece of land nearly surrounded by water
Tyrant An absolute ruler unrestrained by law
Bard Someone who writes or performs epic poems or stories about heroes and their deeds
Phalanx A group of armed foot soldiers in ancient Greece arranged close together in rows
Polis A Greek city-state
Democracy A government by the people
Satrap The governor of a province in ancient Persia
Representative Democracy A form of democracy in which citizens elect officials to govern on their behalf
Helot Enslaved people in ancient Sparta
Colony A group of people living in a new territory and close ties to their homeland; the new territory itself
Zoroastrianism A Persian religion based on the belief in one god and founded by the religious teacher Zoroaster
Satrapy A province in ancient Persia
Direct Democracy A form of democracy in which all citizens can participate firsthand in the decision making process
Philosopher A person who searches for wisdom or enlightenment
Agora A gathering place or marketplace in ancient Greece
Ephor A high-ranking government official in Sparta who was elected by the council of elders
Oligarchy A government in which a small group has control
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