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Development & Fall of European Civilizations - Chapter Summary
Through a series of engaging video lessons, instructors provide students with an overview of Greek and Roman civilizations. This survey spans the first organization of Greek and Roman societies to their peak and later decline in influence. You'll learn about how Greeks and Romans were governed. You'll be able to identify the things that contributed to the success and failure of these civilizations, from Athenian democracy to Constantine's conversion to Christianity. By the time you complete this chapter, you'll should be able to:
- Discuss the evolution of Greek city-states and governments
- Identify key figures such as Julius Caesar and Cleisthenes and their accomplishments
- Name and describe Roman institutions
- Talk about the role of Christianity in the Roman Empire
- Describe how Augustus Cesar led the early Roman Empire
- Discuss the causes and effects of the Dark Ages
- Describe the influence of the Catholic Church on the Byzantine Empire
Our instructors' teaching styles makes it convenient to pick up the knowledge you need, no matter how long it's been since you've sat in a brick and mortar classroom. Video lessons are supplemented by full-text transcripts, and lessons are tagged so that you can jump around to study the content you need; tagged content leads directly to more detailed information. This is a fully self-paced learning opportunity where you can take the time you need to familiarize yourself with this content.
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. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes
Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis
This lesson will explain the 3rd Century Crisis of the Roman Empire. It will focus on the political, civil and economic problems that caused the crisis, and will also highlight the role of Diocletian in the resolution of the crisis.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture
This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.
11. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines
The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.
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