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an area of land nearly surrounded by water


a long poem that tells a story


a high, rocky hill where early people built cities


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


a member of a rich and powerful family


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


a form of government in which citizens govern themselves


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


someone or something that lives forever


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


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


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


plays that were an important part of Greek culture

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