Go through this interactive video, called a zaption, and learn about a famous person in history called Alexander the Great!
I simply walked around Sparta to get a good look at it before I had to leave. I noticed a lot of enduring impacts, or things that happened in the past that affect us now; something that has a long-lasting effect. I walked past the building that people made decisions in, it had only been yesterday since a decision was made there! But wait- I stopped for a moment. I looked at the building again-and I saw that it had columns. Columns? Like the White House and other governmental buildings? That's where the USA got the idea to put columns on their buildings! It was en enduring impact from ancient Greece! Memories came back to me. I remembered discussing with other citizens about the democracy that Athens had. I realized that democracy had been an enduring impact from Greece and that that was the way how the USA had a democracy. It was pretty cool that the idea of democracy survived for over 2000 years to reach modern day America. I wondered if the USA had gotten a lot of the things it uses from things that the ancient Greeks invented. As I continued to look around the city, that idea seemed to get more and more real. Taking a turn into a different alleyway, I found myself in a completely different spot than before. Some people in the military were examining a canon. That wasn't too surprising, considering that Sparta was very focused on warfare. But then it came to my mind that other countries and places all over the world had also used canons for battle, and then I realized: The canon was yet another enduring impact of ancient Greece! I was pretty amazed. But then, because there was no one else around in the place other than the military people, I decided that I probably shouldn't have gone there, and I quickly walked back onto the main roads. My adventure in ancient Greece had been amazing, but it was time to go back home. I jogged back to the hill that I first appeared on when I came. When I got there, I closed my eyes, and in a flash, I was standing back at my locker. I was shocked for a second, but then looked around at people and saw Greece all over them. Whoa, I was going to be late! I hurried to my first class, and it was just like a regular school day again.
Me and my friend, Sabrina, skyped a class in Dublin, Ohio, to help the class learn about Greece. We discussed the geography of Greece with them and how the geographical features affected the way the people in each city-state lived. For example, Athens had a water source and Sparta had large mountains surrounding them. Then we introduced the basics of Greek government to them because they hadn't studied it yet. But first, we asked them what kind of governments they had learned about last year, and they mentioned some, such as monarchy, theocracy, democracy, and oligarchy. We then proceeded to discuss the government of the USA, a representative democracy. After that background of different types of government, we went on to introduce them to the governments of two city-states in Greece: Athens and Sparta. For each city-state, we talked about the way they made decisions and who were the citizens. Afterwards, we answered any questions the teacher or students had. Overall, I think this was a fun and really cool experience because we got to interact with new students we had never seen before and it was really fun to teach them about things! :)
I'm Athena and I'm 12 years old and in 7th grade. I love dancing and playing piano.