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Ch 21: Classical Civilizations Overview

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Use this convenient study resource to review ancient civilizations. This collection of history lessons helps you review important classical civilizations, such as ancient Greece, Rome and China.

Classical Civilizations Overview - Chapter Summary

This chapter of engaging history lessons gives you a comprehensive overview of classical civilizations. Our expert instructors show you everything you need to know about the ancient Greece, India, China and Rome. You'll study the governments, writings, cultures, art and histories behind these ancient civilizations. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe Greek city-states and governments
  • Summarize the history of the alphabet from cuneiform to Greek writing
  • Understand ancient India's indigenous culture and outside influences
  • Recognize the three pillars of Indian society
  • Name the leaders of the Gupta Dynasty
  • Determine the significance of the Silk Roads during the Roman Empire and Han Dynasty
  • Explain how ancient China was isolated due to its geography
  • Contextualize the Roman Republic's formation
  • Assess the characteristics, style and history of ancient Roman art

These history lessons simplify the learning process by breaking down historical concepts into manageable chunks that contain concise definitions and memorable examples. After reviewing a lesson, you can make sure you fully understand the material by taking the accompanying self-assessment quiz or printing out the lesson transcript. If you need to study a particular concept further, you can quickly find the topic using your course Dashboard and interactive video timeline. These lessons are available to study at any time that fits your schedule.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Classical Civilizations Overview
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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.

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.

Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

3. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

4. Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

This lesson will explain the three pillars of Indian society. They are the village, the caste system, and the family. In doing so, it will explore the different individual castes as well as describing joint families.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

5. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

6. The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

The Silk Roads connected some of the most diverse cultures in history, as well as providing a link between the superpowers of 2,000 years ago. Learn more about the route that connected the Han Dynasty and Imperial Rome.

How Geography Isolated Ancient China

7. How Geography Isolated Ancient China

Unlike many other ancient cultures, China was effectively isolated from many other early civilizations. Geography played a huge role in this isolation - this lesson will help you learn how.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

8. 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.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

9. 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.

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