Y3 Topic Wk 4 Ancient Greek belief systems (Part 2)

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The Ancient Greeks believed that the gods and goddesses controlled everything. People did not want to live with the consequences of angering the gods and they went to great lengths to keep the gods pleased.

The Ancient Greeks built special temples dedicated to different gods and created shrines for worshipping them. At different times of year they would also hold festivals when people would pray and offer gifts (like wine, milk or animal sacrifices) to the gods in the hope of receiving protection, help or good fortune in return.

Ruins of some of the ancient temples can still be visited in Greece today. This link will take you to a live webcam of The Acropolis of Athens.

Mount Olympus

The Ancient Greeks believed that there were twelve most powerful gods who lived at the top of Mount Olympus and held their meetings there. These were called the ‘Olympian’ gods and are the most well-known Greek gods today because they feature in vase-paintings and sculptures that have survived over time.

Check your task from part one in the last topic blog using the information below.

There are also many other gods who did not live on Mount Olympus. One of the most famous of these is Hades, the god of the Underworld.

Look at this image of part of a Greek wall can you identify each of the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses?

*Helpful hint: Start by looking out for the symbols of Poseidon, Demeter and Athena.

Answers will be revealed in part three.

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