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History of Ancient Greece & Hellenism - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our experts explain the Hellenistic period and ancient Greece. You'll learn about the Minoan culture, Greek philosophy, and the foundations of the alphabet. Our experienced instructors ease you into studying the foundations of political and philosophical ideologies within the Hellenistic time period through quick, engaging videos. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the ancient Greek social class system
- Discuss the history of ancient Greek art and architecture
- Articulate the foundations of government structure and Greek city-states
- Describe philosophical origins and influences derived from ancient Greece
- Understand the origins of cuneiform and ancient Greek writing
- Analyze the history of ancient Greece and the Hellenistic period
- Discuss how ancient Greek literature has influenced modern literature and language
- Discuss how ancient Greece has influenced art, government science, and sports in today's society
Help from an expert is just a few clicks away on the Dashboard if you struggle to understand any of these concepts. It's easy to navigate our videos using the timeline tags if you'd like to go back and review any of the material again. Take the quiz included with each lesson and the test at the end of the chapter to evaluate your knowledge.
1. The Minoans
This lesson explores Minoan civilization. Beginning with Arthur Evans' discoveries at Knossos, we move on to explore the mysteries of Minoan art and writing, as well as their mysterious decline in the 15th century BCE.
2. Ancient Greece: History & Culture
The ancient Greeks thrived from about 800 BCE until roughly 30 BCE. Through culture, conquest, architecture, government, and the arts, the ancient Greeks made an impact on civilizations then, and continue to do so today.
3. Greek City-States and Governments
This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.
4. Ancient Greece Social Class System
Social classes have existed since the beginning of human history. Some cultures see social classes as concrete and unchangeable, while others see them as fluid and able to change. In this lesson, we'll examine the basic social class system of Ancient Greece.
5. Greek Philosophy: History, Influence & Timeline
Considered to be the founders of philosophy, the ancient Greeks used reason and observation to find the answers to life's big questions. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the major figures of ancient Greek philosophy.
6. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing
This lecture follows the development of writing, from the pictographs of proto-cuneiform to the symbolic phonemes of cuneiform and hieroglyphics. Then from the abjads of the Phoenecians, Minoans, Hebrews and Arabs to the complete alphabets of the Greeks. It explores the limitations and strengths of each development and draws modern parallels.
7. Ancient Greek Art & Architecture
In this lesson, you will explore the fundamental aspects of Greek art and architecture, two disciplines that set standards of style and technique that influence us to this day. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. Legacy of Ancient Greece: Art, Government, Science & Sports
In this lesson, you will explore the legacies that the ancient Greeks left behind on this world in art, government, science, and sports. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language
In this lesson, you will explore the various ways that ancient Greek literature has impacted our modern language and literature. Then,you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
10. The Hellenistic Period: Definition & History
The Hellenistic period was a time when Greek culture spread throughout and influenced Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean regions. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of Hellenistic society and culture and learn what the term 'Hellenistic' actually means.
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