St.Angela 6 - Social Studies Ch 6 Vocabulary

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peninsula

an area of land nearly surrounded by water

epic

a long poem that tells a story

acropolis

a high, rocky hill where early people built cities

city-state

a city with its own traditions, government and laws; both a city and a separate independent state

aristocrat

a member of a rich and powerful family

tyrant

a ruler who takes power with the support of the middle and working classes

democracy

a form of government in which citizens govern themselves

tribute

a payment made by a less powerful state or nation to a more powerful one

immortal

someone or something that lives forever

oracle

in ancient Greece, a sacred site used to consult a god or goddess; any priest or priestess who spoke for gods

philosopher

someone who used reason to understand the world; in Greece the earliest philosphers used reason to explain natural events

tragedy

a type of serious drama that ends in disaster for the main character

drama

plays that were an important part of Greek culture

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