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Chapter 8.1 The Culture of Ancient Greece Vocabulary

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Myths
Traditional stories about the deeds of gods, goddesses, & heroes that explained their world
Mount Olympus
The highest mountain in Greece, where the ancient Greeks believed many of their gods and goddesses lived
oracle
a sacred shrine where a god or goddess revealed the future through a priest or a priestess
Delphi
Oracle to Apollo in Greece
epics
long poems that tell the stories of heroes
Homer
ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey
Aesop
Greek slave who wrote fables
fable
a short tale that teaches a lesson
drama
story told by actors who pretend to be characters in the story
tragedy
a play in which a person struggles to overcome difficulties but fails. They had unhappy endings
comedy
a play in which the story ends happily
Sophocles
Greek writer of tragedies; used three actors
Euripides
writer, used regular people instead of Gods, and tried to answer real life questions in playwrite
Columns
What supported many Greek buildings?