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Ch 6: AP World History: Ancient Greece

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Get ready take the AP World History exam with help from this engaging chapter on Ancient Greece. With short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes, this self-paced chapter covers all the Ancient Greek subjects you'll need to know to do well on the exam.

AP World History: Ancient Greece - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors outline Ancient Greece to help you prepare for the AP World History exam. Here you'll watch videos about subjects related to the study of Ancient Greece, including Greek city-states and the governments that ruled them. Once you complete these lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Detail the early advanced civilization of the Minoans and their mysterious disappearance
  • Explain the history of the alphabet
  • Trace the development of Greek colonies from Mycenae's collapse
  • Describe the Grecian styles used in Ancient Greek sculpture, pottery and art
  • Differentiate between Ionic, Corinthian and Dorian Ancient Greek architecture
  • Identify the pre-Socratics and what they thought about the world

Work at your own pace as you study as many or as few of the lessons as you need to. Along with each video, you'll find a short quiz you can use to test your knowledge before you sit for the exam. Go back and quickly watch just one portion of a video lesson by using the video tabs feature.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: AP World History: Ancient Greece
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The Minoans

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.

History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

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.

From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

3. 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.

Greek City-States and Governments

4. 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.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

5. 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.

Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

6. 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.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

7. 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.

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