Ch 8: GACE History: Hellenism & the Athenian Achievement

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Let us help you revisit Hellenism and the Athenian achievement, in preparation for the GACE History Exam. These brief video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can get you ready to correctly answer questions about this subject on the test.

GACE History: Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons contained within this chapter to review topics on Hellenism and the Athenian achievement, as part of your preparation for the GACE History Exam. The videos go over all the important points you need to be aware of, including:

  • Athenian democracy
  • Pericles and the Athenian Golden Age
  • Greek theatre
  • Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War
  • Socrates, Platonic idealism and Aristotelian logic
  • Alexander the Great
  • The birth of Hellenism
  • Benefits of Hellenization
  • Euclid, Archimedes and Ptolemy
  • The Seven Wonders of the empire of Alexander the Great

Our expert instructors break down all the highlights of Hellenism and the Athenian achievement into easily digestible chunks so you will be prepared for the test. By learning via brief videos and self-assessment quizzes, you can become confident in the material and be able to retain it well.

Objectives of the GACE History: Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement Chapter

The GACE History Exam is a standardized test composed of two subtests. You need to pass both parts in order to become licensed as a teacher in the state of Georgia. The exam evaluates your knowledge of the full range of history topics. The topics in this Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement chapter fall within Test I's Subarea I: World History to 1450 CE. This subarea accounts for 40% of the questions on Test I. By completing the self-assessment quizzes that come with the video lessons, you can gauge how well you have mastered the material, and also gain practical experience answering questions like the ones you'll see on the test.

The questions on the GACE History Exam are all of the selected-response variety. This means you will read passages and questions that will be followed by several response possibilities. Your task will be to select the single correct answer from among those displayed.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: GACE History: Hellenism & the Athenian Achievement
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Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

1. 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.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

2. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

3. 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.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

4. Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

5. 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.

Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

6. 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.

Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence

7. 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.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

8. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

9. The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

This lecture begins by examining the spread of the Greek language and alphabet during the Hellenistic period and noting the implications of a universal language. Next we look at four factors that combined to make Alexandria the heart of Hellenistic scholarship: common language, a convenient alphabet, papyrus and climate.

Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

10. 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.

The Seven Wonders of Alexander the Great's Empire

11. The Seven Wonders of Alexander the Great's Empire

In this lesson, we will explore the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in the context of the empire of Alexander the Great. We will look at the major characteristics of each of the wonders in turn.

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