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Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)

Mediterranean networks – Asian encounters 

This workshop will introduce students to key dynamics of Greek and broader Mediterranean economic life from the Archaic to Classical periods. Students will delve into an immersive exploration of how trade and exchange developed in ancient Greece and the broader Mediterranean. Students will investigate how these networks connected diverse cultures, resources and ideas from Greece to Egypt, Rome and Asia and ultimately shaped and changed Greek society in a globalising world.

Students will be engaged in an immersive Object-Based Learning session, where they will develop their primary source analysis skills to interpret the museums’ archaeological archive of ceramics related to ancient Greek trade (such as wine and oil amphora and black and red figure vases) and ancient city coins. By handling and evaluating these artefacts and provided texts (such as Hesiod’s Works and Days), students will investigate; 1) the development of agriculture, industries and commodities, 2) how physical features shaped trade in the Greek world, 3) the effect of contact and conflict with other societies and its impact on colonisation, trade and the spread of beliefs, and 4) national and international trade routes that underpinned Greek and broader Mediterranean economic networks, including Alexander the Great’s role in the genesis of the Silk Road and Greek participation in the Maritime Silk Road.


Learning Areas: History, Geography, Visual Arts, 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