Learning Exercise

Ancient City of Athens

Ancient Athens changd the function and meaning of a city. Four main functions became the norm for western cities. These functions represented the Acropolis or religious center, the Agor, the marketplace, the Amphitheather or social center, and the Ecclessia, the political center. This visual tour of ancient Athens acquaints the viewer with some of the important sites associated with each functin of a Greek city.
Course: Western Civilization

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Click "go to material." Click "sites and monuments." Click "Acropolis." Answer questions 1-10: 1.Name the buildings found on the Acropolis. 2. What is the significance of the location of the religious buildings on the highest location within Athens? 3. What was the purpose of the Temple of Athena Nike and when was it built? 4. Describe the Temple of Athena Nike. 5. To whom was the Parthenon dedicated and when was it built? 6. Describe the Parthenon. 7. What was the function of the Erechtheion (the Temple of Athena Polias) and when was it built? 8. Describe the Erechthelon. 9. What was the function of the Propylaia and when was it built? Describe the Propylaia. Click "South Slope of the Acropolis." Answer questions 11-12. 11. Who was Dionysos? Describe the Theater of Dionysos and explain what it was used for and when was it built? Click "East Slope of the Acropolis." Answer question 13. 13. Describe the importance of the East Slope of the Acropolis. Click "The Pnyx: Meeting Place of the Ancient Athenian Democratic Asssembly." Answer questions 14-16. 14. Describe the Pnyz and state when it was built and describe its function. 15. Describe the Bema or Speaker's Platform. 16. Describe the Sanctuary of Zeus Hypsistos. Click "Agora: Commercial and Civic Center of Ancient Athens. Answer questions 17-30. 17. List the buildings found in the Agora. 18. Describe the Royal Stoa. 19. Describe the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios. 20. Describe the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios. 21. Describe the Temple of Apollo Patroos. 22. Describe the Metroon. 23. Describe the Bouleuterion. 24. Describe the Tholos. 25. Describe the Mononument of the Eponymous Heroes. 26. Describe the Hephaisteioin. 27. Decribe the Altar of the Twelve Gods. 28. Describe the Stoa of Attlalos. 29. Describe the Church of the Holy Apostles. 30. Name the activities that took place in the Agora. (Hint: You will need to click on photos 1-93 from a Short Guide to find the photographs to describe. Write what you see.)
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Technical Notes

Basic computer skills.


Some knowledge of Ancient Greece and Athens.


Europe: Greece; Archaeology, Arts, Political, Relligion, Social, Architecture.

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students visually with the important functions of a Greek city. To acquaint students visually with the great art and architecture of Ancient Athens.


Question and Answer paper.
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