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Staines' Greece Voc.

Mr. Staines' Ancient Greece terms

Mycenaean of or relating to the Aegean civilization of Mycenae (1400 to 1100bc)
Trojan War The ten-year war waged against Troy by the Greeks, caused by the abduction of Helen by Paris
Dorian One of a Hellenic people that invaded Greece around 1100 b.c.
Homer Greek epic poet. Two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey are attributed to him.
epic An extended narrative poem celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
myth a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
polis A city-state of ancient Greece.
acropolis The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city
monarchy supreme power and authority held by one person; autocracy
aristocracy A hereditary ruling class; nobility.
oligarchy Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families
tyrant A ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner.
democracy Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives
Helot One of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, neither a slave nor a free citizen
phalanx A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears
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