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Chapter 11, Lesson 3, Ancient Greek Culture (pp. 345-350)

I. The Family of Greek Gods

II. Sanctuaries to the Gods

    A. The Greeks used sanctuaries to make sacrifices to specific gods.

    B. Some sanctuaries were also places where oracles, or predictions of the future, were told.

    C. The Greeks also honored their gods and goddesses by holding religious festivals.

III. Greek Drama

    A. Greek plays were written and performed twice a year at festivals in Athens honoring Dionysus.

    B. Most of the plays were about Greek gods or heroes, combining religion and history with entertainment.

    C. Plays were either tragedies, in which the hero was ruined by a character flaw, or comedies, which made fun of a variety of topics.

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