K-12 Educational Resources
Lesson Plans on Greco-Roman Civilization and the Medieval Mediterranean World
The purpose of the lesson plans created by Corinth Excavations is to bridge a gap between primary research by archaeologists on the site of Ancient Corinth and teaching of the past in the classroom. We wish to communicate knowledge gained by excavation and research of ancient remains and material culture to educators and learners of all ages, primarily following middle school social studies (or interdisciplinary) learning standards. The lessons cover topics from water management to religion, trade, diet, and disease, making them helpful tools for a wide audience of educators. Lessons plans use artifacts excavated in Corinth, Greece, dating from the Classical to the Byzantine periods (roughly 500 BCE to 1450 CE) as a foundation for learning. Additionally, the lessons incorporate images, digital modeling technology, videos, texts, and excavation reports where applicable. A special learning opportunity we call "Digital Field Trip to Corinth" includes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the archaeological park of Ancient Corinth to help students extend previous learning experiences on Greco-Roman civilizations and the Medieval Mediterranean world during their classroom studies.
The lesson plans are gathered by a central theme or topic; however, each lesson plan is a separate entity to supplement learning within a teacher’s curriculum on ancient and medieval civilizations.
All lessons are in English, with Greek, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish translations planned or in progress. Lessons are available via Corinth Excavations' Google+ page along with collections of videos used in the lessons plus other bonus videos. The links below direct you to individual lesson plans stored on Corinth Excavations' Google Drive account; you may also view the entire collection of lessons here.
Water in Ancient and Modern Greece
Legacy of Ancient Greek Gods
- Asklepios and Healing in the Ancient Greek World and Today
- 古希臘世界及當代的醫療 (Mandarin)
- Interpreting Ancient Mysteries of Demeter
- Coming Soon: Ερμηνεύοντας τα Αρχαία Μυστήρια της Δήμητρας (Greek)
- Peloponnesian War Propaganda: Classical Athens vs. Corinth
- Coming soon: Pelponnesian War Propaganda: Classical Athens vs. Corinth (Mandarin)
- Cultural Achievements and Conservation of the Roman Empire
Ancient and Modern Religion
- Contemporary Connections to Christianity in the Roman World
- Developing Orthodox Christianity in the Byzantine Empire
The Byzantine Empire and Beyond
- Byzantine and Frankish Styles
- Coming soon: Medieval Bodies, Modern Medicine
- Coming soon: Digital Field Trip to Corinth
Did you try a lesson plan and your students loved it? Did a lesson plan fill a gap in your curriculum? Did you edit or change anything to benefit your students or classroom that might help other teachers, too? Let us know! Email one of the authors or Corinth Excavations.
History of Outreach at Corinth Excavations
Since 2007, Corinth Excavations Assistant Director Dr. Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst has been leading outreach efforts on-site in Ancient Corinth, Greece. These targeted a variety of age groups, mainly Greek schoolchildren K-12 plus undergraduate and graduate groups from universities across the United States. Subjects touched upon a variety of themes throughout antiquity with Asklepius, Demeter, and excavation and conservation methods being the stars of the show. The purpose was to make students feel at home in the museum and experience the artifacts and the stories of the people of the past with all of their senses, including touch. These efforts paid off when in fall 2014 the Steinmetz Family Foundation awarded Corinth Excavations a grant to develop further outreach opportunities and create educational materials for school audiences in the United States and Greece.
Authors and Contributors
The lesson plans are the product of the collaboration between authors Dr. Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst, Assistant Director, and Katherine Petrole, MA, Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow, Corinth Excavations. Additional contributions by Nancy Antonellis, Yun-Hsin Chang, Ching-Yuan Wu, and K.A. Rask.
See biography page for Corinth Excavations Assistant Director Dr. Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst.
Katherine earned her BA in Classical Humanities from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and her MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI), with a focus on the intersection of object-based learning and archaeological curation. She previously worked at the world's biggest and best children's museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, for five years in the Interpretation department where she was responsible for creating, writing, editing, and performing world-class gallery interpretation and registered school programs for the archaeology and paleontology exhibits: National Geographic's Treasures of the Earth and Dinosphere. She has spent multiple summers with the Athenian Agora Excavations in Athens, Greece, leading various collections management projects for the sculpture, amphorae, and coin collections.
Nancy Antonellis contributed greatly by modifying the lesson plans in order facilitate instruction at all levels of the K-12 spectrum. Additionally, she is creating a lesson plan for Latin teachers based on inscriptions in the Corinth Excavation collection. She is a high school Latin and Classical Humanities teacher in Brockton, Massachusetts, and plans to use a variety of the lessons in her own classroom. Nancy has worked on similar outreach efforts during her tenure as a member of the Educators’ Advisory Board at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Yun-Hsin Chang (Funmi) and Ching-Yuan Wu (Dwight) have been essential collaborators by volunteering their time to translate lesson plans into Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, their thoughts about how the lesson plans could benefit history curricula in Taiwan and China have broadened the scope of outreach at Corinth Excavations and is entirely possible thanks to their effort and enthusiasm. Funmi grew up in Taiwan and received a Ph.D. in field linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SAOS) after completing one year of fieldwork in Nigeria. She thought of becoming an Africanist, but is now a full-time mom with her six-month old daughter and historian-husband, Dwight, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2015-2016 Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Emilio Rodríguez-Álvarez has volunteered to translate the lesson plans to Spanish and Galician. Born in Vigo, Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, Emilio is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, and former ASCSA Regular (2014-2015) and Associate (2015-2016) Member. He has worked at Corinth studying raw materials and techniques for pottery manufacture in the region during the Archaic period. His work in translating the lesson plans into Spanish and Galician will open the work of the ASCSA at Corinth to an even wider audience.
K.A. Rask received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and specializes in the archaeology of Greek and Etruscan religion. She teaches at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and has excavated in both Greece and Italy. She is interested in the material and haptic aspects of ancient religion, which led to her recent 3D scanning project. With the help of four undergraduate assistants, she scanned 60+ artifacts at the Athenian Agora and Corinth Excavations. After they have been processed, the files will be available open-source on the ASCSA website. Researchers, classrooms, and the interested public can employ the files, which will be especially useful for who cannot travel to Greece to see (and touch) the artifacts themselves.