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Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)

In the minds of the ancients 

This entertaining and surprising workshop will get students playing and thinking just like the ancients! In this workshop students will discover how and why board games were invented and played by three powerful civilisations: the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese. Students will compare the similarities and differences between games today and in the ancient past and discover the values, rituals and practices of ancient societies through their games. Using ancient board game templates, participants will play the Greek game Petia and Chinese game of Go to delve into ancient warrior culture and battle strategy. Then they will try their hand at Egyptian Senet – a mysterious game that reveals the passage to the underworld. To explore the ideas behind these games students will engage with museum artefact collections relating to warfare, mythology and the underworld. 

Learning Areas: History, Visual Arts, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, English

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability

Ideal for: Years 7 – 10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student