Meet your fellow greeks!



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MEET YOUR FELLOW GREEKS!
It's around 400 BC. You are representatives of your city-state in Classical Mythology at Mountain View High School. What do you believe? How would you behave? Let's find out!
SPARTA
YOU ARE A SPARTAN! Be proud! You have endures unbelievable pain and hardship to become a superior Spartan soldier and citizen! Taken away from your parents at age 7, you lived a harsh and often brutal life in the soldiers' barracks. You were beaten by older children who started fights to help make you tough and strong. You were often whipped in front of groups of other Spartans, including your parents, but never cried out in pain. You were given very little food but were encouraged to steal food instead. If caught stealing, you were beaten. To avoid severe pain, you learned to be cunning, to lie, to cheat, to steal, and how to get away with it! Some of you are members of the Spartan secret police (Krypteia) and enjoy spying on slaves. If you find a slave who is showing signs of leadership, you have orders to kill him immediately, and , for the fun of it, have killed non-Spartan people for no reason. You are fierce, capable, and proud of your strength. You know you are superior and are delighted to be Spartan!
SPARTAN BEHAVIOR: Win at all costs. Lie, cheat, do whatever it takes. If you can't win, at least beat your archrival, those silly citizens of Athens. You are the proud fierce Spartans! Be loud but polite your teacher who is your superior officer. Be on time. Be disciplined. Keep records. Make up a secret salute and salute your fellow Spartans. Plot secretly with other Greek city-states to sabotage any Athenian plans.

MEET YOUR FELLOW GREEKS!


It's around 400 BC. You are representatives of your city-state in Classical Mythology at Mountain View High School. What do you believe? How would you behave? Let's find out!
ATHENS
YOU ARE AN ATHENIAN! Be courteous. You have been superbly educated in the arts and sciences, trained to be extremely productive and capable in times of peace or war. You are an achiever. Until age 6 or 7, you were taught at home by your mother or by a male slave. From age 7-14, you attended a day school in the neighborhood where you memorized Homeric poetry and learned to play that magnificent instrument, the lyre. You learned drama, public speaking, reading, writing, math and perhaps even how to play the flute. You attended four years of higher school and learned more about math, science and government. At age 18, you attended military school for two additional years! You are proud to be an Athenian! Famed for its literature, poetry, drama, theatre, schools, buildings, government, and intellectual superiority, you have no doubt that your polis, Athens, is clearly the shining star of all Greek city-states.
ATHENIAN BEHAVIOR: You know our archrival, those horrible Spartans, will do anything to win, even lie and cheat, but you are Athenians – you would never stoop to such boorish behavior. Cooperate with your fellow Athenians to defeat those brutish Spartans and do your personal best! Say witty things to impress representatives from other city-states. Be courteous to all Greeks, no matter what inferior city they represent. Shake hands with your fellow Athenians whenever your greet them. You are Athenians, the clever, creative courteous representatives of that shining example of all that is fine and noble, the polis of Athens.

MEET YOUR FELLOW GREEKS!


It's around 400 BC. You are representatives of your city-state in Classical Mythology at Mountain View High School. What do you believe? How would you behave? Let's find out!
CORINTH
YOU ARE A CORINTHIAN! As a coastal city-state, you have a glorious history as a cultural and trade center. Although your schools are not as fine, perhaps, as those of Athens, you have been educated in the arts and the sciences. As a child, you were taught at home by your mother or by a male slave. From age 7-14, you attended a day school near your home where you memorized poetry and studied drama, public speaking, reading, writing, math and the flute. You attended a higher school, if your parents could afford it. You also went to military school for at least two years. Your polis is famous for its bronze statues, pottery, and vase painters. You are creative problem-solvers. To solve the problem of foreign money pouring into your coastal polis, your city-state created its own coinage, forcing traders to convert their coin into your banks. (For a fee!) To solve your problem of unemployment, you created a huge and successful public works program. Literature, culture, art and business thrive in your city-state. You are proud to be a practical, productive Corinthian!
CORINTHIAN BEHAVIOR: If you can't win, help Argos and Megara to defeat those vain Athenians, and those animals, the Spartans. Do what it takes, but be honest about it. Greet you fellow Corinthians with warmth and good fellowship whenever you see them. You do not need the nonsense of secret handshakes or salutes. You roll your eyes each time you see one. You are Corinthians! You are proud of your abilities, your achievements, your honesty and your obviously superior city-state.

MEET YOUR FELLOW GREEKS!


It's around 400 BC. You are representatives of your city-state in Classical Mythology at Mountain View High School. What do you believe? How would you behave? Let's find out!
ARGOS
YOU ARE AN ARGIVE! You have been educate din the arts and the sciences, and trained to be productive and capable in times of peace or war. You have much for which to be proud. Although your close neighbor, Corinth, is on the coastline, your polis is located on a plain, where the weather tends to be hot and dry in the summer and cold and wet in the winter. Your soil is not especially fertile, and you must fight the elements to grow food. In spite of this hardship, your magnificent stone sculptures of athletes, rippling with muscle, are the envy of many a Greek city-state. You are famous for your wonderful musicians and poets. Drama reached new heights in your polis. Plays are performed in open-air theatres, drawing crowds of 20,000 or more Argive citizens! Unfortunately, you have a problem. When Athens and Sparta asked your polis to send supplies and troops to fight the Persians, after the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, you refused. For this decision, you are held in disgrace by the other Greek city-states.
ARGIVE BEHAVIOR: Your goal is to reverse the negative reputation you currently hold in the ancient Greek world. You will have to work hard to convince other city-states that your athletes, soldiers, scholars, orators, architects, poets, dancers and artists are fine, if not superior, to the other city-states. Do not create a secret handshake or salute. Pay no attention to these silly antics but do not be rude. You are above such things. You are Argives, hard-working, honest loyal, clever, creative, courteous representatives of Argos and of her glorious past.
MEET YOUR FELLOW GREEKS!
It's around 400 BC. You are representatives of your city-state in Classical Mythology at Mountain View High School. What do you believe? How would you behave? Let's find out!
MEGARA
YOU ARE MEGARIAN: Be proud that you are Greek and come from such a respected city-state as Megara. As a coastal city-state, your history is similar to Corinth, your neighbor. You believe your schools are as fine as those of Athens, although you have no doubt that any Athenian would disagree. You have been trained in the arts and the sciences. As a child, you were taught at home by your mother, or by a male slave. From age 7-14, you attended a day school near your home where you memorized poetry and studied drama, public speaking, reading, writing, science, poetry, the flute, the lyre and a great deal of mathematics. Like most Megarians, you love money and have been trained to be excellent accountant. You attended higher school and went to military school. Your polis is famous for its glorious textiles, which are the envy of the other Greek city-states. You have, of course, your own coinage, and idea you copied from Corinth. Literature, culture, art and business thrive on your city-state. You believe you offer our citizens even more freedom than Athens. You are proud of your city-state's past and present achievements and proud to be Megarian!
MEGARIAN BEHAVIOR: If you can't win, help Argos and Corinth to defeat those boastful Athenians and those militant fanatics, the Spartans. If it comes down to Athens or Sparta, choose Sparta. Be helpful to your teacher. Acknowledge any Megarian accomplishments with a specially created hurrah! You are Megarians, proud of your history, your flourishing businesses, your world famous textiles, your freedoms, your schools, your coastal advantage – your rich and vibrant city-state, Megara!


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