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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
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Ancient Greece: Mycenaeans and the Trojan War

Map Sam drew freehand using instructions from Mapping the World with Art.
November 2009
From about 1600 BC mainland Greece was dominated by the Mycenaeans. 
Make Ancient History Models, November 2009

The Mycenaeans' important buildings were built high on a hill called an acropolis ("high City"), but most  people lived in the lower town outside the walls. 
Quentin might have remembered the paper model I made of the Mycenean Acropolis the last time we studied ancient history...
 ...because after reading about the Myceneans this time, he immediately made a paper Myceanean town and populated it with paper soldiers from Junior General.
November 2009
The Mycenaeans were great traders with trading posts all along the eastern Mediterranean coast and as far away as Scandinavia and Africa.
from James' History Notebook. Illustrations from Ancient History Portfolio.
In the second half of the 13th century BC there was a long run of poor harvests and subsequent food shortages. This led to the various groups of Myceneans attacking each other to steal food. This led to the building of defensive walls around their cities.
Most of what we know about the Mycenaeans are from the excavations by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876.
November 2009
The Iliad is an epic poem by Homer about a war between Greece and Troy, which probably took place around 1250 BC. We read about the story in Famous Men of Greece and D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths.
Our older students could reenact the Trojan war using the board game, Iliad, (but I could not find a copy of this game for you to purchase anywhere.)
Paper Trojan Horse and soldiers from Vertias Press' New Testament, Greece and Rome
November 2009
Younger students can make paper "wooden" horses and soldiers to put inside.

Or, an origami horse with figures from Junior General.
 Using the Iliad game as the basic idea, Quentin made his own version. He made a proto-type, resolved problems in the game and then made his final version. 
He made up his own rules and his own cards for the game. (A post about the game coming up.)

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  1. Now I've got 3 more tabs open checking out the resources you've listed. Love that Acropolis you made, AND the one Quentin made. It's a shame you can't find a copy of the Trojan War game to share..... Must search that out now.

  2. Wow great resources!! What history curriculum do you use?

    1. I don't really use a curriculum. We just use lots of books. I use Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World as our spine and we just take our learning through the book, topic by topic. We read some living books on the topics and then the boys make their notebook pages on what they have learned. Sometimes we do a related project, either of their own making, or some idea I have come up (or something I see on Pinterest!)

  3. The Trojan war brings back so many happy memories. We loved studying that period! Love Quentin's model, so cool!

  4. I always find ancient history infinitely fascinating and wish we had more time to explore it in a more hands-on way. Your activities are great!


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