Analyzing Empires & Societies in Early Western Civilization: Essay Prompts

Instructor: Clio Stearns
Having completed History 101, you understand quite a bit about early Western empires and societies. Use these prompts to test your own knowledge and depth of comprehension.

Now that you've completed the lessons in your course, use the exercises shown here to practice applying your new-found knowledge. This is not a mandatory part of your coursework, but is useful practice.

Questions About Ancient Greece

  • Describe your opinion of the three most important characteristics contributing to the strength and overall rise of Ancient Greece. Providing specific evidence, explain what made Ancient Greece special and which three characteristics most helped the empire survive and thrive over the course of its history. For each characteristic that you name, define it clearly and use evidence from primary and secondary source documents to explain its nature and significance.
  • What was the role of women in Ancient Greece, and how does the way women's lives and power in Ancient Greece worked influence the way we are able to define Ancient Greek democracy? Explain how life for women might have looked very different from life for men, and describe how, specifically, contemporary scholars of Ancient Greece know this.
  • Explain the nature of the city-state as a form of government in Ancient Greece. Be sure that your explanation describes how the city-state system evolved, why it was important, and how some city-states differed from one another.

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