In this passage, students will learn about Greek architecture, like painting, literature, and other forms of art that reflect the ideals of the people who build it. The Parthenon is the best example of ancient Greek architecture. The structure, created between 447 B.C.E. and 432 B.C.E., tells us a lot about the Greek way of thinking.
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John Green compares and contrasts Greek civilization and the Persian Empire. Of course, we're glad that Greek civilization spawned modern western civilization, right? Maybe not. From Socrates and Plato to Darius and Xerxes, John explains two of the great powers of the ancient world, all WITHOUT the use of footage from 300.
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This is a video from Khan Academy about Classical Greece and its cultural contributions. This video can be used to introduce a lesson on the cultural contributions of Classical Greece. The video is 10 minutes and 9 seconds in length.