Voyage Back in Time:
Ancient Greece and Rome

Parthenon in Greece
Photo courtesy of Lanka005
Colosseum in Rome
Photo courtesy of Phillie Casablanca

What Is a Civilization?
There was a time when people did not live in cities, but moved from place to place depending upon where they could find the most plants and animals to eat.

When people learned to farm and raise their own animals, they no longer needed to hunt for food. Now many people could live in the same place without having to fight to have enough food for everyone. When many people moved to one area, the area became known as a city.

Cities were the beginning of civilization. Since farming requires water, most of the first cities were located near rivers or some source of water. People who lived in cities had time to concentrate on things other than food. They began inventing tools, weaving clothes, building, teaching children to read and write, and so on. As cities grew, people chose leaders to make rules so that everyone could work together peacefully. This marked the beginning of an organized governmental system. In short, a civilization is a
culture that makes advances in any fields of knowledge.

Ancient Greece and Rome were two civilizations that made significant contributions to society in terms of architecture, government, and sports.
The pages below will allow you to explore a range of topics about these civilizations. You can link from this page or the sidebar on the left.

Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome