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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