Ancient Greece

Language, literature, architecture, and even our government have roots in ancient Greece.  Legacies of the Greeks surround us; imagine experiencing their life first-hand.  All it takes is a little imagination and a metrocard. 

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Immortal at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Greek gods and goddesses, both immortal and imperfect, fascinate us to this day. Just as Hercules had to complete his labors, you must collect symbols representing the pantheon of deities, or else! Before you go, brush up on your  Greek Mythology - you want to familiarize yourself with some of the qualities of the gods. Get your cheat sheet to help you get ready to collect your symbols. When you arrive, find the Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysus and the Seasons, in gallery 162. Start your hunt here, and like Hercules, make sure you complete your 12 labors.

After visiting the Greeks, head to the ancient playground in Central Park.


The Columns of the Greeks at Federal Hall

Face Federal Hall, and let the skyscrapers fade into the background.  Imagine the innovation that allowed for the enduring architecture of the Greeks. The United States has paid tribute to the Greeks for laying the foundations of democracy by adorning government buildings with their symbols and styles.  Explore Federal Hall in search of signs and symbols of ancient Greece. Could you find an eagle, which was a symbol of Zeus? A dome, one of the innovative architectural methods of the Greeks? What about a Greek Meander, also known as a Greek Key.  It represents the River Meander, a winding river. Sketch and label what you find, and then share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #TimeTravelKidsNYC

The column was an architectural innovation of the Greeks. What types of columns can you find at Federal Hall- Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian columns?

After considering ancient Greece’s legacy, explore the legacies of early America.

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