Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)

CIVICS AND CITIES: Ancient Democracy

In this engaging and thought-provoking workshop students will discover what democracy and democratic values are and how democracy began in ancient Greece alongside the development of the poleis or ancient city state. Students will engage with the Hellenic Museum’s artefacts such as pottery, statues, coinage and artefacts of war to discover how Athens became a democratic society, how it practiced a direct democracy and what it meant to be a citizen of a poleis in the ancient past. Students will learn about the ideas of Athen’s democratic leaders such as Solon and Pericles and compare ancient Athenian democratic government to the oligarchic government in Sparta. To put their learning into practice, students will participate in their own democratic elections using beans to vote just like the ancients did! 


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

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student