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whole, were very religious. Classical Greek Gods were worshiped, such as Zeus, Hera, and Apollo. Each God held a different importance to the people, and all must be appeased. Families would give sacrifices of animals, food and material goods to the gods. The richer the family, the more prestigious would be the sacrifice. The gender roles of ancient Greece were patriarchal in structure. Men were the powerful, dominant sex. Women were valued for their role in maintaining the family unit and for their ability to care for the men and children. Homosexuality among men was common. In the political and theatrical world of ancient Greece, homosexuality was especially prevalent. Most strong male relationships described in “The Mask of Apollo” were either homosexual or homoerotic. The

majority of the time however, these relationships were alluded to by the use of terms such as “mentor” or “teacher”. The theatre of ancient Greece was a groundbreaking time for dramatic and comedic writing. Writer/philosophers as Sophocles and Plato held meaningful places in the era’s literary forms. Men performed all parts during this era as no women were allowed to participate in the theatre. This practice would continue for many years as evidenced by the actors in Shakespearean-era plays when males still portrayed the female roles. The era of ancient Greek life discussed in “The Mask of Apollo” was a time of great turmoil and change. Political changes, social struggles, and leaps in philosophical ideas occurred with great frequency. The author uses the character

of Nikeratos as a method of engaging the reader in an exploration of Greek life. Rather than cite dates and events in a textbook manner, the author uses a storybook style to teach the reader about this segment of history.