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Ancient Greece Lesson 2

Terms

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Sparta
The largest ancient Greek city-state, located in southern Peloponnesus
Acropolis
A large hill in ancient Greece where city residents sought shelter and safety in times of war and met to discuss community affairs
Democracy
A system of government in which citizens vote to make government decisions
Athens
For many centuries the most powerful of all ancient Greek city-states; capital of present-day Greece
Oligarchy
A government in which a small group of citizens control desicion-making
Homer
Ancient Greek poet
Colony
A territory or communtity that is under the control of another country
Mount Olympus
The highest mountain in Greece where the Greeks thought their gods and goddesses lived.
Agora
A central area in Greek cities used both as a marketplace and a meeting place
Monarchy
A government ruled by a king or queen
Citizen
A person with certain rights and responsibilities in his or her country or community
Polis
A city-state in ancient Greece.

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