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Who's it for?
This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Hellenism and Athenian achievement. There is no faster or easier way to learn about Hellenism and Athenian achievement. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Hellenism and Athenian achievement, Greek theatre, Socrates, Platonic idealism, and Aristotelian logic.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Hellenism and Athenian achievement unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Hellenism and Athenian Achievement Unit Objectives:
- Explain the pillars of Athenian democracy and discuss the political and social reforms made by Solon and Cleisthenes.
- Take a look at the life of Pericles and Periclean Athens.
- Explore the works of the three most prominent Greek tragedians - Sophokles, Aeschylus, and Euphrides.
- Learn about the Pelopponesian War and compare Thucydides's and Herodotus's historical accounts of the war.
- Discuss the life of Socrates and his philosophy.
- Take a look at Platonic idealism and describe how Plato drew influence from Socrates and influenced future philosophers.
- Discuss Aristotelian logic and Aristotle's opposition to Plato. Describe how Aristotle influenced future philosophers.
- Learn about Alexander the Great's life and achievements. Explain the birth of Hellenism and compare it to its Greek origins.
- Describe how the Library of Alexandria served as the center of scholarship for the world. Explain how Ptolemy and Euclid contributed to the library.
- Discuss the most prominent Alexandrian philosophers, including Euclid, Ptolemy, and Archimedes.
- Explore the myth of Jason and the Argonauts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts
This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'
12. Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & Stoics
In this lesson, we will study three schools of philosophy in antiquity: the Cynics, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. We will discuss the founder of each school, as well as its major characteristics.
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