Tereza of Naxos

Stromvos (whirligig), Ancient Greek Toy

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Based on a clay whirlgig decorated with geometric motifs, 8th century B.C.

Hand-made piece of clay, worked in traditional manner.

Just like children of today, children in ancient Greece loved to play with a variety of toys. Archaeologists have uncovered all sorts of toys at sites in Greece.

You might wonder how children came to have these toys. Usually, they were given as gifts on the important feast days. Most modern-day children have many more toys than Greek children had. Children in ancient times were expected to work. That didn’t leave much time for play, so they didn’t have that many toys.