Golden Age of Athens Museum Tour

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Name ____________________________________ Date __________ Period ____ Class ______
Golden Age of Athens
Directions: With your tour group, visit each exhibit in the “Mr Casey Museum of Global History”.
Using this guide, discuss the exhibits with your tour group and answer the following questions. One
group member must volunteer to be the tour guide, reading the descriptions and questions.
Athenian Art
1. In what ways are the Egyptian and Early Greek sculptures similar? How does the later Greek
sculpture differ from the other two? Explain.
2. What is one thing that the Egyptian sculpture has that the Greek sculptures both lack?
3. It may seem that Classical Greek artists were trying to make their sculptures look more
realistic, but according to the reading, that is actually not the case. What was their real goal,
and how can we tell by examining the sculptures?
4. If most of the original Greek sculptures have been lost, how do we know about them?
5. If pottery was considered a secondhand art form, not something very special or beautiful, why
does it play such a big role in the study of Ancient Greek art?
6. How did the Red Figure Pottery style, developed in Athens, allow for greater detail than the
earlier Black Figure Pottery style?
Athenian Architecture
7. What is an Acropolis, and what happened to the Acropolis in Athens during the Greco-Persian
Wars?
8. Who commissioned the rebuilding of the Acropolis, and how did he pay for it?
9. The Parthenon and the rebuilt Acropolis in general served multiple functions. Describe each:
a. Artistic:
b. Religious:
c. Political:
10. How are the Erechtheion and the Parthenon similar to the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower,
respectively?
11. In what ways are the other later buildings, both Ancient Roman and American, similar to the
Parthenon? Why do you think they are so similar?
12. Which type of columns does each building have? Use the column chart to figure it out!
13. According to the second text, what changes has the Parthenon experienced over the years?
Athenian Theater
14. Why was drama originally performed?
15. What was the difference between tragedy and comedy?
Using the Theater Masks, act out the scene from the comic play Lysistrata by Aristophanes
and answer the questions.
16. What is Lysistrata’s plan to end the war?
17. At first the women said they would do anything to end the war, even die, but when they hear
the plan, they change their minds. Why?
Athenian Philosophy
18. What does philosophy mean?
19. How did the views of Socrates differ from the Sophists?
20. What were Plato’s main contributions to Philosophy?
21. How did Aristotle differ from Socrates and Plato?
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