Ch 11: FTCE Humanities: Ancient Roman Art, Philosophy & Politics

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Review ancient Roman art, politics and philosophy in this interactive chapter. We created it so you will be better prepared for the types of questions on the FTCE Humanities exam.

FTCE Humanities: Ancient Roman Art, Philosophy & Politics - Chapter Summary

Go over different ancient Roman topics, such as the formation of the Roman Republic, in these lessons. After you are done, answering questions about the following topics won't be a challenge:

  • Political structure of the Roman Republic
  • The death of the Republic
  • The Eastern Roman Empire
  • Myths and religion of Rome
  • Roman architecture and art
  • History of Cicero
  • The Aeneid
  • The Roman Arch

Progressing through the video lessons isn't difficult as they are short and are designed to facilitate your reviewing for the exam. As you go through them, you will pick up useful Roman-related details. See how much information you can recollect by using our self-assessment quizzes. Doing so helps you truly determine if you are ready for the test or if you still need more study time.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: FTCE Humanities: Ancient Roman Art, Philosophy & Politics
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Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

1. 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.

The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

2. 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.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

3. 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.

Constantine & the Eastern Roman Empire

4. Constantine & the Eastern Roman Empire

This lesson will explain the reign of Constantine and his move to Constantinople. It will focus on the advantages of its location, its ties to Roman law, and its homogeneous Christian population.

Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History

5. 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.

Roman Myths and Religion

6. Roman Myths and Religion

This lesson compares Roman gods to their Greek predecessors and enumerates the similarities and differences between Greek and Roman religion. Finally, Roman religion's relationship with mystery cults, especially Christianity, is briefly explored.

Roman Art, Architecture & Engineering

7. Roman Art, Architecture & Engineering

In this lesson, you will explore the ways that the Romans filled their world with art, architecture, and marvels of engineering. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

8. 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.

The Aeneid by Virgil

9. The Aeneid by Virgil

This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.

The Roman Aqueduct: Definition & Facts

10. The Roman Aqueduct: Definition & Facts

Explore the history, design and development of the Roman aqueduct and test your understanding of ancient Rome, the expansion of the Roman empire, and ancient building techniques.

The Roman Arch: Definition, Construction & History

11. The Roman Arch: Definition, Construction & History

Explore the history, design, construction, and significance of the Roman arch and test your understanding of ancient Roman culture, architecture, and influence.

Ancient Roman Sculpture: History & Characteristics

12. Ancient Roman Sculpture: History & Characteristics

Influenced by ancient Greek art, the ancient Romans continued their tradition of large-scale, realistic sculpture. Learn about what makes Roman artwork unique and how it continues to influence art today.

Cicero: History & Philosophy

13. Cicero: History & Philosophy

This lesson recounts the life and accomplishments of Cicero. We follow his political career through the collapse of the Roman Republic. We take a look at his philosophy. Finally we examine his legacy in western civilization.

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