Ancient Greece Vocab

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Unit 4 (Greece) Vocabulary
SEE IT (WORD)
MONARCHY
SAY IT (DEFINITION)
a form of government in which the ruling
power is in the hands of one person
DEMOCRACY
a government in which the people hold ruling
power
OLIGARCHY
a form of government in which the ruling
power is in the hands of a few people
TYRANNY
a form of government in which the ruling
power is in the hands of one person who is not
a lawful ruler (seizes power)
COLONIES
permanent settlements in a distant place
MERCHANT
a person who makes money by selling goods
ASSEMBLY
group of citizens in an ancient Greek
democracy with the power to pass laws
BARTER
to exchange goods without using money
PHILOSOPHY
the search for wisdom or knowledge
DRAMA
the art of writing, acting in, and producing
plays
AGORA
marketplace in ancient Greece
CIVIL WAR
wars between citizens of one nation
GOLDEN AGE
a time of great prosperity and achievement
DEFINITION IN YOUR OWN WORDS
SHOW IT (PICTURE)
Unit 4 (Greece) Vocabulary
POLIS
a Greek city-state
ACROPOLIS
the hill above a Greek city on which temples
were built
ARISTOCRAT
member of the most powerful class in ancient
Greek society
ORACLE
Greek through whom the gods spoke
CITIZEN
member of a democracy, who has certain
rights and responsibilities
PENINSULA
land that is almost completely surrounded by
water
SCARCITY
lack of adequate resources
ISOLATION
separation from others
ARCHITECTURE
the art of designing building
MYTH
a traditional story that helps to explain a
culture’s beliefs
INHERIT
to receive, especially from one’s ancestors; to
succeed (a person) as an heir
ECONOMY
the distribution of resources; system of
managing the wealth of a region
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