Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ancient Greece Vocabulary

Here are the vocabulary words and definitions for our Greece unit:

peninsula
a piece of land that is surrounded by water on three sides
Examples: Peloponnesus, Florida, Italy

island
a piece of land that is completely surrounded by water
Examples: Martha's Vineyard, Crete

monarchy
a government which puts the decision-making power in the hands of one person

oligarchy
a government in which the decisions are made by a small,  select group of people

democracy
a government in which all citizens make decisions by voting

 tyrant
a single person who seizes power by force

oracle
A prediction about the future; also the person who makes such a prediction, believed to come from a god or ancestor

philosophy
The pursuit of wisdom through intellectual investigation and moral discipline; the love of wisdom

architecture
The art and science of designing and constructing buildings

citizen
A resident of a city or town, especially one allowed to vote and enjoy other privileges there.

acropolis
The fortified (protected) height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.

barbarian
A person considered by the Greeks as uncivilized; a non-Greek

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