Ch 6: Hellenism

About This Chapter

Feel confident that you understand important aspects of Hellenism by reviewing this chapter's short and engaging video lessons. Use them to learn more about the Athenian Democracy and the ideas and contributions of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

Hellenism - Chapter Summary

Hellenism covers several periods in world history, including Ancient Greece and the beginning of the Roman Empire. Ensure you have a good grasp of its major events and prominent figures by reviewing the video lessons in this chapter. Explore the lessons at your own pace by accessing them anytime wherever you can secure an Internet connection. Gauge your comprehension by taking short multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have questions about any lesson topic, submit them to our experts. In no time, you will understand the following:

  • What the social and political reforms of the Athenian Democracy were
  • Why the Peloponnesian War occurred and Thucydides was important
  • How Socrates' philosophy impacted this period
  • What Plato's ideas were and how he influenced future philosophers
  • Why Aristotle served as an antagonist to Plato and how his ideas impacted the period

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Hellenism
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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.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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