Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)


This workshop will engage students in a fascinating exploration of life and death in ancient Greece, giving students a layered understanding about how ancient Greek societies valued life and human experience, what their perspectives on death were and how and why funerary customs developed and changed in ancient society. This investigation will see students discover the earliest burial practices beginning in Palaeolithic and Neolithic Greece and how they developed by the Hellenistic period, while comparing and contrasting them with Egyptian funerary practices.


Students will evaluate rich literary excerpts referring to funerary codes such as in Homer’s Iliad and evaluate ancient funerary artefacts as important sources revealing much about the Greek psyche, memory, religion, mythology, social organisation and individuals’ status in changing societies. From Neolithic Cycladic marble figurines, to Macedonian royal funerary wreaths and monumental grave markers like vases, stelae and statues – students will be trained to decode these artefacts and gain a deeper understanding about the key beliefs and values that emerged in ancient Greek society and how they defined communities and their way of life.


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

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

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

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student