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Ancient Greece Vocab

Ancient Greece

TermDefinition
peninsula area of land nearly surrounded by water
epic long poem that tells a story
acropolis high, rocky hill on or near which early people built cities
city-state city with its own traditions and its own government and laws; both a city and a separate independent state
aristocrat member of a rich and powerful family
tyrant ruler who takes power with the support of the middle and working classes; not necessarily cruel and violent
democracy form of government in which citizens govern themselves
tribute payment made by a less powerful state or nation to a more powerful one
immortal someone or something that lives forever
philosopher someone who uses reason to understand the world (in Greece, the earliest philosophers used reason to explain natural events)
tragedy type of serious drama that ends in disaster for the main character
agora public market and meeting place in ancient Greece
plague a widespread disease
blockade the cutting off of an area by enemy forces that closes it to travel and trade
barbarian a person who belongs to a group that another group considers to be savage or uncivilized
assassinate to murder for political reasons
Hellenistic describing Greek culture after the death of Alexander the Great-including 3 main kingdoms formed by the breakup of Alexander's empire
Created by: ehenke