BBC Primary History - Ancient Greeks - The Greek World

The Ancient Greeks lived in mainland Greece and the Greek islands, but also in what is now Turkey, and in scattered around the Mediterranean sea coast. There were Greeks in Italy, Sicily, North Africa and as far west as France. Sailing the sea to trade and find new land, Greeks took their way of life to many places.

BBC - Primary History - Ancient Greeks - The Olympic Games

Pictorial evidence has enabled us to have a very clear idea of Ancient Greek dress. The fashion history of ancient Greece has been carefully illustrated on vases, pots and in statue form.


BBC Primary History - Ancient Greeks - The Olympic Games

Read more factual details of Greek clothing on the This page is an original 'Greek Battle Dress Costume History' article by Pauline Weston Thomas 2008 - Copyright


History of Greece: Classical Greece - Ancient Greece

Initially Greeks used wool and linen fabrics, but as the society became more sophisticated they traded for silk goods and it was not so much fashion styles that set individuals apart as the differentiation by the luxury that silk fabrics offered.

Ancient Greek Military | Ancient Greece Info

When making costumes for fancy dress parties always remember the golden rule of getting the hair and feet as near as the style worn to match a costume. Ancient Greeks mostly went barefoot although some wealthy people did wear sandals. Courtesans wore gilded sandals.

Greek and Roman military traditions - Wikiversity

When describing the mighty armies of the Persian empire, the ancient Greek historian Herodotus paid particular attention to the battalion of elite troops he dubbed the "Immortals" — a unit that seemed to the Greek scribe to always be at its full complement of 10,000 soldiers. The Persian army of the time was a vast, multiethnic force, but the Immortals were all from the empire's central Persian provinces. Garbed in colorful raiment that concealed their scale armor, the Immortals were adept with both bow and blade and were honored so highly that they were permitted to travel with their own exclusive retinue of cooks and concubines. Thousands of years later, the Shah of Iran invoked the legacy of the country's mighty past and named his elite household guard the — or Immortal — guard. Those Immortals, though, couldn't withstand of the Islamic revolution.

Greek and Roman military traditions

The rise of the Macedonian Kingdom is generally taken to signal the end of the Greek Classical period, and certainly marked the end of distinctive way of war in Ancient Greece.

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After Alexander the Great came Hipparchos, Cicero, Lucretius, Ovid, Seneca, Pliny, Galen and Ptolemy. Each Greek made his mark on western philosophy and science and many of the words related to ethics and medicine in use today are derived from the teachings of these men. The world owes a great deal to one of the most sophisticated early civilised societies on earth at that time.