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Ancient Greece: Macedonia and Hellenistic Greece, 323-31 BC and a Greek Feast

We learned about Philip II of Macedonia...
And thus the origin of the word LACONIC: a person that says a lot, using very few words (Laconia was a region of Sparta)

And thus the origin of the word LACONIC: a person that says a lot, using very few words (Laconia was a region of Sparta).

and his son, Alexander the Great, finishing up our study of Ancient Greece. 
Quentin's history notebook, narration at the top and copywork at the bottom
We celebrated the end of the study with a Greek alphabet quiz and a Greek Feast.

Loukoumades, a Greek doughnut fried in olive oil and drenched in honey.
This time around, we tried to research Ancient Greek eating habits and foods as opposed to modern Greek recipes. Common foods were bread dipped in wine, figs, olives, dried fish, vegetables, fruit and honey cakes. 
Some Greeks believe the popular breakfast dish tiganites was the first documented pancake in the world. Photo and recipe for this currant, honey and walnut pancake is from here.
Meat was very expensive and a sign of wealth. It was only available to poor people during religious festivals, when cows or pigs were sacrificed to the gods, and their meat was cooked and handed out to the public. The main source of protein was the fish. Beans and legumes were also eaten. Honey was used as a sweetener, as at the time, sugar was still unknown in Greece. The ancient Greeks had not yet developed eating utensils, and so they ate with their hands or used bread.
 Our feast consisted on a lentil salad, pita bread, a small amount of lamb and vegetable salad with Greek dressing,...
 fish, olives and grapes...
artichokes, asparagus, white bean dip with kalmata olives and tiganites (but ours looked nothing like theirs). We discovered that we did not like dry cured olives. Quentin gave us each a hero to be and drew out invitations to a hero's banquet.
Now we are ready to go on to Ancient Rome...


  • notebook page work from History Portfolio and Write from Ancient History Level 2 Manuscript Models: A Complete Ancient History Based Writing Program for the Elementary Writer: Developing Skills ... and Dictation for Students in Grades 3 to 5 by Kimberly D. Garcia
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  1. Aren't loukoumades delicious! I could eat them every day... luckily they're a bit of work to make :) On my way to check out those pancakes...

  2. I wish the new 300 movie was something worth showing to the older children. A good historical movie can really capture the imagination and ignite interest in a time period. I haven't found any movies dealing with the Spartans/Greeks, or Alexander the Great that I would want the kids to see, though. I love the food and hands on elements you add to your history studies - also a good way to connect with the subject.

  3. I had not known that was the origin of laconic. I'm always a big fan of word origins.

  4. Anonymous27.4.14

    What a great study, and the feast looks wonderful. Food just brings alive every country study, doesn't it?

  5. I love the story of laconic! We learned that a few years ago and it always makes me smile.


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