2) Classical Civilizations

The Parthenon in Athens

The Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. This building was made to commenmorate the victory at Marathon. (Creative Commons photo. Attribution to author and info can be found here)

As societies start to advance from the early Ancient versions they move to some of the more well known civilizations in World History. While students tend to recognize many of the societies of this Classical Era, we cover these societies in a depth that students often struggle with. Many classes may focus nearly all of their time on Greece and Rome, we focus on the entire world and a great deal of time on the interconnectivity of these societies worldwide. Regardless of the amount of time we spend on other societies, it is a difficult task to get students not to want to focus on some of the more popular concepts of this era. Students often say that their favorite topic during the entire year is the discussion about the Spartans and the Persian Wars. For this reason, I do spend a good amount of class time discussing this set of battles. I have decided to remove the religions from this unit due to how much easier it is to compare the different belief systems when they are unified into a single chapter. It may seem strange to cover the Roman Empire without discussions of Christianity and Judaism, but there is a method to the madness of this decision.

This chapter is one that I am still in the process of developing from the content I have in other formats. Until I am able to make this a Web-based content structure (like that of Ch. 11) I have provided a link below to my class notes. This is only accessible to students in my course, but this will change soon.

Essential Questions

  1. What was the process by which the Roman Republic turned into an Empire and how was this largely the result of the political and social makeup of the Roman Republic?
  2. In what ways did Qin Shi Huangdi lay the groundwork for what many call the Golden Age of China during the Han Dynasty?
  3. Would it be logical to say that India was more influenced by religion (both politically and socially) than other areas of the Classical world?
  4. In what ways was classical Persia more similar to the United States than classical Greece was? In what ways was it more different?

Chapter Notes

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Review Material