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Students will learn:
- Ancient Rome's founding and early history
- The rise and fall of the Roman Republic
- Augustus Caesar's reign
- Roman art, engineering and architecture
- The Pax Romana
- Ancient Roman culture's impact on modern life
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1. 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.
2. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events
This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.
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.
4. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar
This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.
5. 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.
6. Roman Engineering and Architecture
This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.
7. 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.
8. The Fall of Rome
This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.
9. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines
The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.
10. Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern Life
From religion and laws to language and more, the Romans have had an enormous impact on the development of Western culture. This lesson details a few of the more prominent points of the Roman legacy.
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- History Alive Chapter 14: The Cultural Legacy of West Africa
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- History Alive Chapter 17: Chinese Discoveries & Inventions
- History Alive Chapter 18: China's Contacts with the Outside World
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- History Alive Chapter 20: Heian-kyo - The Heart of Japan's Golden Age
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- History Alive Chapter 26: Achievements of the Mayas, Aztecs & Incas
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- History Alive Chapter 29: Leading Figures of the Renaissance
- History Alive Chapter 30: The Reformation Begins
- History Alive Chapter 31: The Spread & Impact of the Reformation
- History Alive Chapter 32: The Age of Exploration
- History Alive Chapter 33: The Scientific Revolution
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