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You'll learn all of the world history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- How Rome was founded
- Rome's seven kings
- The Pyrrhic, Latin, and Samnite wars
- The events that led to the Roman Republic's rise to power
- The history, institutions, and offices of the Roman Republic
- The Roman Republic's political structure
- How the actions of Pompey and Julius Caesar affected the Republic
- The meaning of the Pax Romana and Roman Law
- Rome during Augustus Caesar's reign
- Roman architecture and other feats of engineering
- The style and characteristics of Roman artwork
- Examples of how Roman culture still impacts the modern world
- The introduction of Christianity and Judaism to the Roman Empire
- Constantine's conversion to Christianity
- How the Roman Empire fell
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1. The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History
This lesson covers the foundation of Rome. We look at the geography of Italy. We examine some of its most important inhabitants before the Romans. Finally, we look at both the historical facts and the Roman myths regarding the foundation of Rome.
2. The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Summary
This lesson covers the legendary kings of Rome. The historical reality of these kings is challenged, and the central myths of their reign are explored.
3. The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars
This lesson covers the unification of Italy under Roman control. In the course of this lesson, we explore the causes and repercussions of the Samnite Wars, the Latin War, and the Pyrrhic War.
4. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events
This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.
5. Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History
This lesson covers the formation of the Roman Republic. We start by identifying the underlying causes of the Republican revolution. We then examine how the Romans instituted and expanded upon their system of checks and balances, starting with patrician assemblies and ending with the Plebeian Council.
6. The Political Structure of the Roman Republic
This lesson explains the political structure of the Roman Republic by highlighting the importance of social class within the system. It also explains the roles and positions of the Consuls, the Senate, and the Assembly.
7. The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey
This lesson explores the factors that led to the death of the Roman Republic. We start with class warfare. We then move onto the exploits of Pompey. Finally, we see how Julius Caesar delivered the death stroke to the Roman Republic.
8. Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History
This lesson examines Roman law, following its development over time. Next, we briefly explore the three branches of Roman law. Finally, we look at how the spread of Roman law led to an era of Roman peace known as the Pax Romana.
9. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar
This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.
10. Roman Engineering and Architecture
This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.
11. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style
This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.
12. Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern Life
From religion and laws to language and more, the Romans have had an enormous impact on the development of Western culture. This lesson details a few of the more prominent points of the Roman legacy.
13. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity
This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.
14. The Fall of Rome
This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today Volume 1: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: Toward Civilization (Prehistory - 3000 B.C.)
- Chapter 2: First Civilizations: Africa and Asia (3200 B.C.- 500 B.C.)
- Chapter 3: Early Civilizations in India and China (2500 B.C. - 256 B.C.)
- Chapter 4: Empires of India and China (600 B.C. - A.D. 550)
- Chapter 5: Ancient Greece (1750 B.C. - 133 B.C.)
- Chapter 7: Civilizations of the Americas (1400 B.C. - A.D. 1570)
- Chapter 8: The Rise of Europe (500 - 1300)
- Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages (1050 - 1450)
- Chapter 10: The Byzantine Empire and Russia (330 - 1613)
- Chapter 11: The Muslim World (622 - 1629)
- Chapter 12: Kingdoms and Trading States of Africa (750 B.C. - A.D. 1586)
- Chapter 13: Spread of Civilizations in East Asia (500 - 1650)
- Chapter 14: The Renaissance and Reformation (1300 - 1650)
- Chapter 15: The First Global Age: Europe and Asia (1415 - 1796)
- Chapter 16: The First Global Age: Europe, the Americas, and Africa (1492 - 1750)
- Chapter 17: The Age of Absolutism (1550 - 1800)