Ancient Greece – KQ1 Part 2 – Background information

This short article provides some background information to support your teaching of Key Question 1 Part 2.

Set the lesson in a chronological framework. It is probably worth chunking up the topic into 5 easy to label periods. The events featured in KQ1 Part 2 belong in the first period, about 1600 BC. The next period is the heroic one focusing on the Trojan wars followed by Dark Ages then Golden Age and finally the Age of Alexander the Great. It is always helpful to make links between things happening elsewhere in the world at this time, so please refer to your planning on Bronze Age Britain. Stress that at this time Minoan civilizations was far more advanced-indeed, it could be said to be the first advanced civilization in Europe. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century by the archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and gets its name from the mythical King Minos. He coined the term Minoan, which hadn’t really been used before. He used the term as he identified the site of the palace of Knossos and linked it with the legend of labyrinth and the Minotaur.

Most action in the lesson revolves around the amazing

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