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Primary School Workshop

CIVICS AND CITIES: Ancient Democracy

In this engaging and thought-provoking workshop, primary school students will discover what democracy and democratic values are, and how democracy began in ancient Greece. Students will engage with museum artefacts including pottery, coins and artefacts of war to discover; how Athens became a democratic society, how it practiced a direct democracy, what the limits of this kind of democracy were, and what it meant to be a citizen in the ancient past in comparison to today. 

Students will learn about the ideas of Athens’ democratic leaders such as Solon and Pericles and compare the ancient Athenian democratic government to the oligarchic government in Sparta, and the system of representative democracy in Australia. To put their learning into practice, students will participate in their own democratic elections using beans to vote just like the ancients did!

This workshop links with the following Victorian Curriculum F-10 Learning Areas and Capabilities:


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

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability
Ideal for: Grades 2 – 6
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Cost: $16 per student