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GACE History: Ancient Greece - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to help you go over the material on Ancient Greece that you need to know about for the GACE History test. Our instructors will detail the history the Minoans, the alphabet, and Greece during the Bronze Age. The videos cover additional important information, including:
- The Iliad and the Odyssey
- The collapse of Mycenae and Greek colonization
- Greek myth and religion
- Greek city-states
- The arts of ancient Greece
- Ancient philosophy
- Slavery in ancient Greece
Our knowledgeable instructors go over all the important facts, dates, places and concepts to help you prepare for the test. You can take the lesson quizzes to determine how well you understand the information you've reviewed.
Objectives of the GACE History: Ancient Greece Chapter
The GACE History Exam evaluates the breadth and depth of your knowledge of all areas of history. You need a passing grade on the exam to become licensed as a teacher in the state of Georgia. The topics in this Ancient Greece chapter fall within the World History to 1450 CE Subarea. Forty-percent of the questions on Test I will be in this subarea. You can use the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the videos to check on your mastery of the material and at the same time get some practice with the types of questions you'll find on the exam.
The GACE History Exam is made up of two tests with 65 selected-response items on each. Passages and questions are followed by several possible answers. From these, you must select the one correct answer.
1. The Minoans
This lesson explores Minoan civilization. Beginning with Arthur Evans' discoveries at Knossos, we move on to explore the mysteries of Minoan art and writing, as well as their mysterious decline in the 15th century BCE.
2. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing
This lecture follows the development of writing, from the pictographs of proto-cuneiform to the symbolic phonemes of cuneiform and hieroglyphics. Then from the abjads of the Phoenecians, Minoans, Hebrews and Arabs to the complete alphabets of the Greeks. It explores the limitations and strengths of each development and draws modern parallels.
3. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
4. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
5. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy
This lecture covers the history of Bronze Age Greece, beginning with the discovery of its greatest city, Mycenae, by Heinrich Schliemann, emphasizing that the quest to find these cities was inspired by works of classical literature. It then describes the architecture of Mycenae and some of the relics found there. Finally, the lesson examines the Mycenaean achievement and its place in Western history.
6. From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization
This lesson covers the history of Greece from the collapse of Mycenae to the start of Greek Colonization. We watch its dissolution during the Dorian Invasion and take a look at Greece in the Dark Ages.
7. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
8. Greek City-States and Governments
This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.
9. Women of Greece
The Greeks were one of the most progressive ancient civilizations, but that wasn't true in how they treated women. This lesson goes over facts about how women were treated and explains how the best place to be a woman in Greece was Sparta.
10. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture
A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.
11. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian
This lecture discusses Greek architecture and its legacy. Enjoy our exploration of Greek columns, temples, stadiums, treasuries and theaters, and see why the Greeks might have reached the pinnacle of architectural achievement.
12. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics
This lecture covers the advent of philosophy. It first differentiates philosophy from religion, drawing parallels to modern science. It then establishes the basic questions of Presocratic philosophy: What is matter? and What causes change? The rest of the lecture demonstrates how these questions developed as they were tackled by generations of Presocratic philosophers. Finally, it makes plain our incredible debt to the Presocratics.
13. History of Sparta
In this lesson, you'll examine forces that shaped a Spartan society of elite warriors. We'll also explore the stratified caste system created by Lycurgus.
14. Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War
This lecture begins with Herodotus' special place in history. It then looks at the miracle at Marathon and seeks to explain how it happened by comparing phalanx warfare to Persian warfare. Following that, we'll run through a brief summary of the rest of the war, with special attention drawn to Greek triremes.
15. Slavery in Ancient Greece
This lesson explores slavery in ancient Greece. We examine the various forms slavery took in Greece, comparing Spartan serfdom to Athenian chattel slavery. Finally, we enumerate the duties and rights of Athenian slaves.
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Other chapters within the GACE History: Practice & Study Guide course
- GACE History: Early Civilizations
- GACE History: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East
- GACE History: Bronze & Iron Ages in the Near East
- GACE History: Ancient Africa & Americas
- GACE History: Ancient China
- GACE History: Ancient India
- GACE History: Hellenism & the Athenian Achievement
- GACE History: The Rise of the Roman Republic
- GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire
- GACE History: The Rise of Christianity
- GACE History: The Byzantine Empire
- GACE History: The Rise of the Islamic Nation
- GACE History: Medieval Europe
- GACE History: Crusades & Church Reform in Medieval Europe
- GACE History: Hundred Years' War
- GACE History: Middle & Late Age Developments in Asia
- GACE History: Africa & the Americas in the Middle & Late Ages
- GACE History: The Renaissance
- GACE History: The Protestant Reformation
- GACE History: The Age of Exploration
- GACE History: The Elizabethan Era
- GACE History: Colonialism
- GACE History: The Scientific Revolution
- GACE History: The Enlightenment
- GACE History: 15th-18th Centuries in Asia & Africa
- GACE History: Revolutions Around the World From 1750-1914
- GACE History: Imperialism
- GACE History: World War I
- GACE History: World War II
- GACE History: The Cold War Era
- GACE History: Spreading Democracy Around the World
- GACE History: Europe & the United States After 1945
- GACE History: Africa & the Middle East After 1945
- GACE History: Asia & the Pacific After 1945
- GACE History: Contemporary Global Developments & Concerns
- GACE History: Colonizing the Americas
- GACE History: Settling North America
- GACE History: The Road to Revolution
- GACE History: The American Revolution
- GACE History: The Making of a New Nation
- GACE History: The Virginia Dynasty
- GACE History: Jacksonian Democracy
- GACE History: Life in Antebellum America
- GACE History: Manifest Destiny
- GACE History: Sectional Crisis
- GACE History: American Civil War
- GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age
- GACE History: Industrialization & Urbanization
- GACE History: The Progressive Era
- GACE History: American Imperialism
- GACE History: The Roaring 20s
- GACE History: The Great Depression
- GACE History: The US in World War ll
- GACE History: The Cold War
- GACE History: Post-War World
- GACE History: Protests, Activism & Civil Disobedience
- GACE History: The 1970s
- GACE History: The Rise of Political Conservatism
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