The British Museum – Ancient Greek History

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The British Museum Ancient Greek History

The British Museum has a great site developed specifically for children covering Ancient Greek History.

The chapters included are:

  • The Acropolis
  • Athens
  • Daily Life
  • Festivals and Games
  • Geography
  • Gods and Goddesses
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Sparta
  • Time Lines
  • War
  • Staff Room

Each section is split into three parts: Story, Explore and Challenge.


The Story section is filled with information, often interactive and based on images, poetry, stories etc. There is either a note, or glossary item, which pops up to explain things on many of the pages.


The Explore section to for children to carry out their own research in whatever aspect they are interested in studying. Areas of study included are: gods, wars, artifacts, great ancient Greek people in the fields of art, architecture, literature, politics, history, philosophy, science and lots more besides to discover.


The Challenge section hosts an interactive activity related to each of the subjects. One could build a temple, find citizens and take them to the meeting place, match gods to festivals, plan out a farming year, work out what the plague was and why it occurred and lots more.

Altogether, this is still one of the best sites for children to learn about Ancient Greece. For some pages plugins have to be added to the browser so it is worth checking that whatever you want to do is possible before planning to use it.

Staff Room

The Staff Room area describes exactly what is covered in each of the chapters and also shows the types of resources available.
Welcome to the British Museum’s web site on ancient Greece. These ‘Staff Room’ pages have been developed to help teachers get the most out of the web site for themselves and for their class. It is predominantly aimed at schoolchildren aged 9 – 11 and their teachers but we hope that other groups may find it useful too. ” (The British Museum)

The British Museum Ancient Greek History