EXTENDED CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY – 5c Greek/Roman Influence
The Greeks have had a massive impact on modern life. First of all Greeks gave the world democracy – which we still use in Britain today to choose who runs the country. The Greeks also gave us the Olympic Games. The very first Olympics took place in 776BC. They had an impact on modern mathematics, sculpture, philosophy, science and even medicine. They used some of their new knowledge to invent things such as: the water wheel, the alarm clock, the catapult and even, the vending machine.
Finally, our language has roots in ancient Greece, from the individual letters through to complete words like dinosaur and helicopter. Ancient Greek stories are still told today. We love films about superheroes and monsters. Our TV soaps are full of stories about long-lost children returning to find their parents – just as ancient Greek plays were.
The Romans left their mark all over Britain. They gave us new towns, plants, animals, a new religion and ways of reading and counting. Even the word ‘Britain’ came from the Romans. They built roads, helped spread Christianity, brought writing, literature and Latin. They even introduced towns and cities. Many of these are still around today including the towns and roads. Their influence is huge.
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