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To keep their numbers in check, the Greeks often subjected infants to harsh treatment. They stopped short of killing unwanted children, but girls and sickly babies might be put outside to let the gods decide their fate. Sometimes they died, but often they were rescued and brought up in another household. Once a child had been accepted into a family, it was treated well. Some Greek children received a formal education, particularly those from wealthy families. Boys went to school beginning at age seven.

Although he might delegate power to his wife, Hera, and his several children, in the end his word was law. Hera was in charge of married women, even though she had trouble in The Nichoria Bone A million years ago, giant mammals roamed the Mediterranean. The ancient Greeks later discovered some of their bones. One, the Nichoria Bone, has now been identified as the thigh bone of a woolly rhinoceros. Modern archaeologists found it in the early 1970s CE at the Nichoria Acropolis, a sanctuary in the Peloponnese region of Greece, where it had been put on display.

Rather than pursue Learning the ABCs The Mycenaean society used a form of writing called Linear B, which consisted of approximately 90 syllables that were combined to form words. By approximately 800 BCE, the Greeks had adopted a different system. They were in contact with the Phoenicians, who used an alphabet that was all consonants. The letters were strung together, and the reader or speaker had to remember which vowels went where. The Greeks took this language and made some modifications. The Phoenicians used some consonants the Greeks did not, so they borrowed those unneeded symbols and assigned them vowel sounds.

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