Ch 29: HiSET: Rise of the Roman Republic

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The quick, entertaining video lessons in this chapter cover the rise of the Roman Republic to help you prep for your HiSET Social Studies test. Our instructors are available to offer support if you need study help.

HiSET: Rise of the Roman Republic - Chapter Summary

Watch these engaging video lessons and refresh your knowledge of the rise of the Roman Republic as you brush up on your world history for the HiSET Social Studies test. As you work through the chapter, you will learn about:

  • Early history and the founding of Rome
  • Roman culture, art, architecture, myths and religion
  • Roman political systems and law
  • Philosophical tenets of Stoicism and Atomism
  • Julius Caesar and the fall of the Republic

A short quiz follows each lesson so you can practice using the material you've learned. Use the video transcripts to review ideas and identify key vocabulary items.

Objectives of the HiSET: Rise of the Roman Republic Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies exam is a seventy-minute test containing fifty questions. Questions cover four domains: history, civics/government, economics and geography. History questions account for 38% of your score. The material in this chapter covers the Roman history topics you can expect to encounter.

HiSET questions are presented in multiple-choice format, and so are the lesson quizzes in this chapter. This allows you to get used to answering HiSET-style exam questions while in a comfortable setting.

11 Lessons in Chapter 29: HiSET: Rise of the Roman Republic
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Roman Myths and Religion

1. 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.

The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

2. The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

This lesson covers the foundation of Rome. We look at the geography of Italy. We examine some of its most important inhabitants before the Romans. Finally, we look at both the historical facts and the Roman myths regarding the foundation of Rome.

The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Summary

3. The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Summary

This lesson covers the legendary kings of Rome. The historical reality of these kings is challenged, and the central myths of their reign are explored.

The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

4. The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

This lesson covers the unification of Italy under Roman control. In the course of this lesson, we explore the causes and repercussions of the Samnite Wars, the Latin War, and the Pyrrhic War.

The Punic Wars: Causes, Summary & Hannibal

5. The Punic Wars: Causes, Summary & Hannibal

This lesson covers the three Punic Wars. We compare Rome to Carthage, then get into a summary account of the First, Second and Third Punic Wars, with brief discussions of their causes and consequences.

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

6. 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.

Stoicism: Understanding Roman Moral Philosophy

7. Stoicism: Understanding Roman Moral Philosophy

This lesson looks at Roman moral philosophy, beginning with the unwritten laws and customs governing Roman social life. Then, we follow the introduction of Stoic philosophy to Rome. Finally, we take a look at some of Rome's greatest stoic philosophers.

Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius

8. Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius

This lesson will discuss the theories of the Roman philosopher, Lucretius. As it focuses on Lucretius and his works, it will highlight his belief in atomism and his famous poem, 'On the Nature of Things.'

Reform in the Roman Republic: The Gracchi, Marius & Sulla

9. Reform in the Roman Republic: The Gracchi, Marius & Sulla

This lesson covers the reforms of the Late Republic. We look at the effects of slavery on the Republic. We examine the factors that led to social unrest. Finally, we take a look at the efforts of various great men to save the Republic from itself.

Cicero: History & Philosophy

10. 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.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

11. 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.

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