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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Why did Minoan civilization just disappear?
- How did early civilizations benefit from alphabets?
- What major personalities and themes are found in Greek myths and religion?
- What was unique to Ancient Greek art and architecture?
- Who were the Presocratics and how did they contribute to the birth of philosophy?
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. 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.
3. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
4. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
5. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy
This lecture covers the history of Bronze Age Greece, beginning with the discovery of its greatest city, Mycenae, by Heinrich Schliemann, emphasizing that the quest to find these cities was inspired by works of classical literature. It then describes the architecture of Mycenae and some of the relics found there. Finally, the lesson examines the Mycenaean achievement and its place in Western history.
6. From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization
This lesson covers the history of Greece from the collapse of Mycenae to the start of Greek Colonization. We watch its dissolution during the Dorian Invasion and take a look at Greece in the Dark Ages.
7. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
8. 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.
9. Women of Greece
The Greeks were one of the most progressive ancient civilizations, but that wasn't true in how they treated women. This lesson goes over facts about how women were treated and explains how the best place to be a woman in Greece was Sparta.
10. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture
A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.
11. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian
This lecture discusses Greek architecture and its legacy. Enjoy our exploration of Greek columns, temples, stadiums, treasuries and theaters, and see why the Greeks might have reached the pinnacle of architectural achievement.
12. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics
This lecture covers the advent of philosophy. It first differentiates philosophy from religion, drawing parallels to modern science. It then establishes the basic questions of Presocratic philosophy: What is matter? and What causes change? The rest of the lecture demonstrates how these questions developed as they were tackled by generations of Presocratic philosophers. Finally, it makes plain our incredible debt to the Presocratics.
13. Phalanx Warfare in Ancient Greece
This lecture compares phalanx warfare to its hit-and-run predecessors, drawing distinctions between hit-and-run skirmishing and decisive warfare. It examines the cultural, political, and geographical features of Greece that made phalanx warfare possible and necessary, and it describes the hoplite gear and mentality.
14. History of Sparta
In this lesson, you'll examine forces that shaped a Spartan society of elite warriors. We'll also explore the stratified caste system created by Lycurgus.
15. Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War
This lecture begins with Herodotus' special place in history. It then looks at the miracle at Marathon and seeks to explain how it happened by comparing phalanx warfare to Persian warfare. Following that, we'll run through a brief summary of the rest of the war, with special attention drawn to Greek triremes.
16. Slavery in Ancient Greece
This lesson explores slavery in ancient Greece. We examine the various forms slavery took in Greece, comparing Spartan serfdom to Athenian chattel slavery. Finally, we enumerate the duties and rights of Athenian slaves.
17. Arete in Greek Mythology: Definition & Explanation
This lesson contains details about the Greek goddess Arete, including her history and her legacy. Discover the way in which her name, Arete, is used in language usage today.
18. Aristarchus: Biography, Facts & Theory
This essay will discuss the scientist Aristarchus of Samos, the person who first suggested that the Earth and the other visible planets revolved around the sun.
19. Atlas Mountains: Facts and Location
The Atlas Mountains are a mountain chain located in North Africa. In this lesson, you will learn geologic facts in addition to important historical events tied to the mountain chain.
20. Black Figure Pottery: Technique & Style
Explore the development and techniques of the ancient Greek art of black figure pottery and test your understanding about artistic production and the ancient world.
21. Emperor Constantine: Biography & Facts
Because he was the first Roman Emperor to convert from traditional Greco-Roman religion to Christianity, Constantine's rule marked a turning point in history. Learn about his early life, time as Emperor, and contributions to Western civilization.
22. Eratosthenes of Cyrene: Biography & Work as a Mathematician
Understand Eratosthenes of Cyrene's life, his work as a mathematician and geographer, and how he became the first person to correctly approximate the circumference of the Earth. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
23. Euripides: Biography & Plays
This lesson will give a brief biography of Euripides, focusing on the nature of his plays. His work will be put in historical context as part of the Greek Golden Age and as a driving force of the period.
24. Gilgamesh as Historical and Literary Figure
The lesson will focus on the historical figure of Gilgamesh, how he related to his contemporary world of pre-historic Mesopotamia, and his impact on literature.
25. Greek Civilization: Timeline, Facts & Contributions
This lesson will explore the dates of major Greek events accompanied by short explanations of their significance to Greek civilization and the development of Western civilization. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
26. Greek Historian Thucydides: Biography, Histories & Speeches
This lesson discusses the Greek historian, Thucydides. Learn more about his life and how he changed the way in which history was recorded, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
27. Greek Hoplite Soldiers: Armor, Phalanx Formation & Tactics
The following lesson will cover the fighting style, tactics, and equipment of one of the most well-known warriors in history, the Greek hoplite soldier. A short quiz will follow the lesson.
28. Greek Hubris: Definition & Examples
This lesson will explore the ancient Greek concept of hubris as used in Greek mythology, literature, and legal matters. We'll contrast Greek hubris to the modern definition to give you a better idea of the difference between the two.
29. 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.
30. Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays
Learn about Greek tragedy, an art form that reached its peak during the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century and influences literature up to the present day. Following this analysis, you can then test your knowledge with a quiz!
31. Greek Trireme: Definition, Facts & Diagram
The Greek trireme was one of the most effective warships of the ancient world. Able to travel at speeds far greater than other ships of the time, the trireme was a decisive tool in many battles. In this lesson, learn the history and characteristics of the Greek trireme.
32. Helen of Troy: Story & History
According to myth, Helen of Troy's beauty was the cause of the Trojan War, which is why she has been called 'the face that launched a thousand ships.' In this lesson, you'll learn about the most enduring myths of Helen of Troy.
33. Heliocentric Theory: Definition & Model
Explore the foundational astronomic theory of the heliocentric theory and test your understanding about the history of astronomy including the lives of major contributors to the science.
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