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History This Week – The Iliad, The Odyssey & Greek Philosophy

Welcome to History This Week! Today we have a couple of things for you as we study Greek Philosophy as a school. First off, we have the Brass Tacks from the last two Bear Necessities on The Iliad and The Odyssey. We also have a Brass Tacks on Greek Gods & Goddesses from earlier in the year. All of the Brass Tacks can be found in our Parent Portal as well. Secondly, we also have some interesting videos and websites for all ages as we study Greek Philosophy. Read on for more!


Brass Tacks: The Iliad from SLO Classical Academy on Vimeo.


Brass Tacks: The Odyssey from SLO Classical Academy on Vimeo.


Did you know that we have a library of Brass Tack videos? Depicting Literature from all stages of the ..

History this Week: Greek Philosophy


Raphael, School of Athens – If you want to learn more about the the image above, here’s a Khan Academy video discussing the famous painting, which depicts many of the great ancient thinkers:


Socrates: Biography of a Great Thinker – Here’s a basic bio of this great founder of Western Philosophy:


Animated Philosophers: Socrates – This is a part of a Greek video series translated to English: 24 minutes long


50 Great Teachers: Socrates – Kids who attend a school that uses the Socratic method were asked questions about Socrates, and here are their answers. (Our SLOCA kids could totally make a video like this!):


Plato: Biography of a Great Thinker – Just like the bio above, but about Plato:


Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Perhaps you’ve heard of this allegory from Plato’s Republic, but don’t really know what it is…? This TED-Ed video will explain what Plato may have been suggesting:

Plato’s best (and worst) ideas – Another one from TED-Ed:


Mini Bio: Aristotle – From the Biography channel:


Aristotle: Biography of a Great Thinker – Finishing off the trio of philosophers, here is Aristotle’s bio (there are more videos in this series – you’ll see them on YouTube if you’re interested):


Horrible Histories Song: The Thinkers – The Philosophers, Beatles (or is it Monkees?) style. Here’s a dose of silliness for this week:


The Greek Legacy: How the Ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics:


The Greek Legacy: An Animated Adventure – More about math in Ancient Greece:


Pythagoras in 2 minutes – Here’s a quick visual demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem:


Why is Herodotus called “The Father of History?” – Also from TED-Ed:



Ancient Greece Hall of Fame – From the British Museum, here you’ll find several of the most prominent artists, scientists, and thinkers of ancient Greece. Click on each to learn about their achievements.

25 Famous Ancient Greeks – Here’s a list that contains a few more influential thinkers from Ancient Greece.

The Story of Socrates: A Great Teacher – See a small marble statue of Socrates and read a story about him.

Works by Plato – If you want to read any of his writings, find them here.

Works by Aristotle – Same website as above.

Inside the Archimedes Palimpsest – Considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity, here you can see a 1000-year-old copy of Archimedes’ writings. (Click on “Launch Interactive.”)

Ancient Greek Philosophers Quiz – If your kids like this sort of thing…



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