Discovering The Basics Of Ancient Greek Lifestyle


Discovering The Basics Of Ancient Greek Lifestyle

Life in ancient Greece was much different from modern times. Generally, the people were poor and the majority of them depended on farming and fishing. No doubt, ancient Greece was famous for its legendary scholars, leaders, and scientists and even had magnificent buildings. The general people’s lives were common. Read on to know more about the ancient Greek lifestyle.

The Ancient Greek Housing

The ancient Greek houses had a garden or courtyard. The houses were small and poorly constructed with mud bricks. They had wooden shutters to prevent sunlight from entering in. The poor lived in a one-room house which was divided into different sections via makeshift platforms. Further, the rich had decorated walls and floors while the poor didn’t even have subtle furniture. As rich Greek husbands used wanted to save their wives from the public gaze, they built a separate living area for them. They also had men’s quarters for organization drinking parties.

The houses of the rich had a toilet while the poor relied on public baths near a stream or river. The latter used the public fountain to fetch drinking water.

Discovering The Basics Of Ancient Greek Lifestyle
Discovering The Basics Of Ancient Greek Lifestyle

The Ancient Greek Fashion

The clothing in ancient Greece was created at home with the help of the loom. Greek women wore long tunics made from linen or cotton and draped a robe on the shoulders. Also, Athenian women relied on a heavy woolen garment in winters. Talking about men, elder men wore long tunics while young men wore short ones. Further, ancient Greeks walked around barefoot. However, the rich wore leather shoes, especially during horse-riding. They also protect their head and face from the sun with wide-brimmed hats.

The ancient Greek lifestyle also incorporated perfumes that both men and women were fond of. Perfumes were made with the help of flower petals. Women loved jewelry and makeup too. Some resorted to soot produced by lamps and colors to enhance the appearance of their eyes, eyebrows, and lips.

The Ancient Greek Cuisine 

The Greeks had three to four meals every day and their average diet consisted of legumes. Broad beans, chickpeas, grass peas, and lentils formed the legume diet. The rich had grand feasts and ate a lot of chicken and meat of deer, hares, and octopus. Well, the typical breakfast consisted of pancakes also called tagenites made from curdled milk, honey, and wheat flour. Barley bread drenched in wine was also often served as breakfast. Further, the lunch consisted of cheese and bread and the dinner included porridge, eggs, fish, veggies, and cheese. Cakes and puddings with nuts and honey were served as desserts.

Ancient Greek Lifestyle Basics
Discovering The Basics Of Ancient Greek Lifestyle

Men and women had their food one after another. Men were served first by their wives or slaves, and the women ate afterward. Poor people used to eat in public, but the rich ate at home. Further, the rich ate on couches with their hand, although they had spoons and forks. They drank wine with or after the meal and especially at grand events. Beans, honey cakes, chestnuts, and other delicacies accompanied the wine.

Conclusion

The ancient Greek lifestyle was quite different from that of today. However, it shared some similarities as well especially when it comes to cuisine and fashion.  

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