Greek Thinkers

Essential Question

What were the long-term contributions made by the Ancient Greeks?

Greek Thinkers

Who are we? How can we be happy? Does the universe have a purpose? Greek philosophers approached the big questions of life sometimes in a genuine scientific way, sometimes in mystic ways, but always in an imaginative fashion. Pythagoras considered a charlatan for claiming the doctrine of reincarnation, Socrates ranting at people in the street with provocative and unanswerable questions, Aristotle tutoring great generals: these are examples of how Greek thinkers dared to question traditional conventions and to challenge the prejudices of their age, sometimes putting their own lives at stake. Greek Philosophy as an independent cultural genre began around 600 BCE, and its insights still persist to our times.

Text from Ancient History Encyclopedia

Activity 1: Greek Thinkers Stations

Read the following stations and answer the questions in a thinking map. Complete this assignment digitally or on paper. It will be collected in your portfolio.

Greek Thinkers Notes Format
Greek Thinkers Station

Discussion Questions

  • What impact did Greek Thinkers have on the modern-day?

  • What is the connection between Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle?

Activity 2: Evaluation

List the Greek Thinkers from most important discovery to least important. Then write 2 paragraphs explaining your ranking. You must use evidence to support your claim.

Extension Activities

The murder of ancient Alexandria's greatest scholar (Hypatia)