Friday, October 2, 2009

Greek to Us

After learning about ancient Rome, we learned about ancient Greece. And a little about not-so-ancient Greece too.

Greek art.
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This is Miah's painting of a pot with Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalus.
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Greek music.
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Greek food . . . sort of.
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Thankfully, there was a Greek festival we were able to attend with real Greek food. I have been amazed this year at the opportunities that come up for us to experience more of what we are already studying in history and astronomy. I guess I'm just more aware of the things that have always been around.
Souvlaki.
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Loukoumades.
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Greek dancing.
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The church where the festival was held. Larkin took the last two pictures. I thought they turned out better than mine.
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The main purpose of our Nashville trip was to visit the replica of the Parthenon there. Before going, I found this website with a fascinating interpretation by Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. of the metopes and the Greek gods/goddesses. I was even more delighted to find that the interpretation is supported by the Answers in Genesis website.
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Inside, there was the full-scale statue of Athena. Johnson Jr. describes the Greek religion, not as mythology, but as a form of ancestor worship and humanism, where Athena represents Eve. Instead of viewing Eve's sin as sin, the ancient Greeks viewed it as the enlightenment of the human race. Click on the link to read more; it really is interesting.
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Library books and timeline figures rounded out our study of the ancient Greeks. We really had a good time with it.
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"I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion." -Alexander the Great

4 comments:

  1. So neat, Sarah! Loved your family picture btw! Thanks for satisfying all us noisy, meddling types out there! :)
    I hope to do a post soon of some of our school adventures soon...not quite up there with the "Sarah of The Forest Room" excitement, but fun all the same...HEEHEE!

    Keep on, keeping on! YOU ARE DOING GREAT! LOVE IT!
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  2. Wow, your homeschool activities are just wonderful! I love how you incorporate trips etc. into the children's learning also- so exciting!!:) Thanks for the ideas,
    Saminda

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  3. I love the painting of Alexander the Great's horse :) Such wonderful photos, thank you for sharing!

    Have a great Sunday :)

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  4. The replica of the Parthenon seems like a very neat place to visit.

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