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Ch 1: History Alive Chapter 1: The Legacy of the Roman Empire

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The Legacy of the Roman Empire chapter of this History Alive The Medieval World and Beyond Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the Roman Empire. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Legacy of the Roman Empire textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in History Alive's The Legacy of the Roman Empire chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Roman Empire topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

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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10 Lessons in Chapter 1: History Alive Chapter 1: The Legacy of the Roman Empire
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The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

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.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

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.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

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.

The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

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.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

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.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

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.

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

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.

The Fall of Rome

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.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

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.

Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern Life

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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