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Up on Mount Olympus

About this Daily Classroom Special:
This worksheet is part of the Daily Classroom Special Up on Mount Olympus—A Study of Greek Mythology by Lisa Kihn

Worksheet

GREEK WORD ORIGINS WORKSHEET


Greek mythology gave us many of the words we use today. Below is a list of words from Greek history and mythology. Match the character to the word by drawing a line between the correct character and word.


Titan – a huge giant god helium
Helios – the sun god plutocracy
Plutus – god of riches titanic
Python – a spirit in the form of a snake python

Each of the following Greek words is defined. Think of an English word that is very similar and write the word on the line. Check your spelling.

GREEK WORD ENGLISH WORD

Krokodilas – a lizard ____________________
Athletes – a contestant in the public games ____________________
Demokratia – rule by the people ____________________
Biblion – a book ____________________
Hippo – a horse, potamus – river ____________________
Hymnos – a song ____________________
Hemishairion – a half sphere ____________________

Many of our modern words come from old sources. For instance, the word “telephone” is made up of two Greek words: tele (meaning far) and phon (meaning sound). See if you can make a list of other words that have come to us from the Greek language. The information below may help you start a list.

Astro – star
Bio – life
Cyclo – wheel, circle
Demo – people
Geo – earth
Micro – small
Phob – fear
Logy – study of

 

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