Ch 3: Ancient Greek History

About This Chapter

The Ancient Greek History chapter of this Major Events in World History Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the history of ancient Greece. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of ancient Greek history.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ancient Greek history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about ancient Greek history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with ancient Greek history.
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Ancient Greek History chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Ancient Greek History chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about ancient Greek history for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Politics and government of ancient Greece
  • Athenian Golden Age
  • Peloponnesian and Persian wars
  • Alexander the Great
  • The birth of Hellenism
  • Greek gods and mythology

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: Ancient Greek History
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Greek City-States and Governments

1. 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.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

2. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

3. Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

In this lesson, you will explore the mythology of ancient Greek civilization, including the gods, heroes and monsters of legend. Then, test you understanding with a brief quiz.

Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

4. 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.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

5. Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

6. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

Ancient Greece Social Class System

7. Ancient Greece Social Class System

Social classes have existed since the beginning of human history. Some cultures see social classes as concrete and unchangeable, while others see them as fluid and able to change. In this lesson, we'll examine the basic social class system of Ancient Greece.

Olympic Host Cities: Summer & Winter

8. Olympic Host Cities: Summer & Winter

The Olympics are major international events, and few things set the tone as much as the host city. In this lesson, we're going to look at some notable host cities throughout history and see what the Olympics meant to them.

Arachne in Greek Mythology: Story Summary & Facts

9. Arachne in Greek Mythology: Story Summary & Facts

If the name Arachne makes you think of spiders, then you may already be familiar with the myth about this tragic figure. Arachne's story is one of competition, hubris, punishment, and the will of the gods, as we'll find out in this lesson.

Ephesus: History, Location & Culture

10. Ephesus: History, Location & Culture

Have you ever wondered how the famous ancient Greek city of Ephesus developed into the important Roman city that the Christian apostle Paul visited? Learn more about its location, development, and culture in this lesson.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Biography, Facts & Quotes

11. Hypatia of Alexandria: Biography, Facts & Quotes

In this lesson we explore the life, work, and death of Hypatia. Hypatia is one of the earliest female scholars of which we have a considerable amount of knowledge.

Themistocles: Biography, Quotes & Death

12. Themistocles: Biography, Quotes & Death

This lesson goes over the life and the major events surrounding the life of Themistocles. You'll also get to read a few quotes purported to be his own or about him.

Why is Themistocles Important to Greek History?

13. Why is Themistocles Important to Greek History?

Greece has a long history, filled with notable people. On the list of important Greeks, however, we can't ignore the name of Themistocles. In this lesson, we are going to find out exactly why he matters to the history of Greece.

Knossos: Definition, Facts & Discovery

14. Knossos: Definition, Facts & Discovery

Knossos was both a mythological and historical ancient capital city on the island of Crete. In this lesson, learn about the magnificent palace and its discovery.

Demosthenes: Biography, Accomplishments & Quotes

15. Demosthenes: Biography, Accomplishments & Quotes

In this lesson we'll learn about the life and accomplishments of a great Greek politician and orator: Demosthenes. We'll explore his curious life, review some of his famous quotes and read about his most important works. Check out this short biography now.

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