About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Classical Grecian material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the art, mythology and philosophy of Ancient Greece. 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 Classical Greece
- 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 Classical Greece 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 Classical Greece chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any questions about the culture and history of Ancient Greece. 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 Classical Greece for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- The collapse of Mycenae
- Greek colonization and the development of Greek city-states
- Grecian government systems
- The mythology and religious identity of Ancient Greece
- Dorian, Ionic and Corinthian architecture
- Tragic and comedic Grecian theatre
- Presocratic philosophers and the foundations of modern philosophy
- Alexandrian Hellenistic philosophers, including Euclid, Ptolemy and Archimedes
- Socratic thought, Platonic idealism and Aristotelian logic
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy
This lecture examines the function of theatre in Greek culture and religion, with special focus on the Athenians. It then explores the three different sorts of Greek theatre: satyr plays, comedy and tragedy, citing specific examples. Finally, we study the impact of theatre on Western civilization.
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.
8. Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers
This lecture recounts the achievements of the many great minds that called Alexandria home. We will look at Euclid, Ptolemy, Archimedes, Aristarchus, Herophilos, Erasistratus and Eratosthenes.
9. Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy
This lecture is a whirlwind tour through the life of Socrates. It begins with an explanation of the Socratic problem, followed by an examination of his philosophy. The lecture ends with a summary of Socrates' legacy.
10. Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence
This lecture examines the philosophy and legacy of Plato. It covers the Allegory of the Cave, the Realm of Forms and Plato's views on politics and the soul. Finally, it shows Plato's enduring legacy in modern science.
11. Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence
This lesson will explore the life of the famous philosopher Aristotle. It will highlight his life in Northern Greece and Athens, as well as his interactions with Alexander the Great. It will also explain the main tenants of Aristotelian logic.
12. Homeric Epithets: Definition & Examples
Homer's ''Iliad'' and ''Odyssey'' have shaped the literary imagination of generations. Throughout these vast works, people, places, and things are characterized with distinctive compound adjectives, known as Homeric epithets. This lesson examines their nature and function.
13. Panhellenic Cults of Zeus: Zeus Velchanos & Zeus Lykaios
This lesson explores the unique situation in which there were Panhellenic cults to the Greek god Zeus. Learn about two major epithets to Zeus: Velchanos and Lykaios.
14. Oracles of Zeus: Dodona & Siwa
The ancient Greeks believed they could ask their gods direct questions, but only at certain and very special places. In this lesson, we'll examine two of Zeus' most important oracles and see how the Greeks used them to interpret the will of the gods.
15. Poseidon Epithets: Aegaeus & Hippios
Many of the Greek gods had various manifestations. In this lesson, we are going to check out the epithets of Poseidon and see when the Greeks would have used each one.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Major Eras in World History Study Guide course
- The Stone Age
- The Bronze & Iron Ages
- Rome & the Holy Roman Empire
- Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
- World Exploration & Colonization
- Revolution & Independence Movements
- The Industrial Revolution & Enlightenment
- A World at War
- The Cold War Era
- The Hittite Empire
- The Neolithic Age
- The Paleolithic Age
- The Mesolithic Age
- The Iron Age
- Iron Age Cultures
- Stone Age People
- Stone Age Cultures
- The Bronze Age
- Bronze Age Cultures