Social Networking in Ancient Greece

Social Networking in Ancient Greece

Learn about how the ancient Greeks viewed the sharing of ideas as an important part of learning.

Grades

5 - 12

Subjects

Geography, Human Geography

Among ancient Greeks, social networking meant sharing ideas and knowledge with one another. They believed philosophy was best conducted in a social setting. Athenian philosopher Socrates himself would share his ideas with anyone who would listen.

From the symposium to the Socratic method, ancient Greeks encouraged conversation not as a catalog of the world, but a way of comprehending it.

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Jeanna Sullivan, National Geographic Society
Editor
Caryl-Sue Micalizio, National Geographic Society
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Sarah Appleton, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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