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Ch 25: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roman Empire

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Examine this chapter to review the history of the Roman Empire. By studying these lessons, you will gain and strengthen knowledge of significant aspects of Rome's history to prepare you for pertinent history questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roman Empire - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, you will learn about different facets of the Roman Empire's history to equip you with the knowledge necessary for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. This chapter will detail the following pieces of Rome's history:

  • Roman religion versus that of the Greeks
  • Development of the Roman Republic
  • Leaders in the Roman Empire
  • Branches of Roman government and the Pax Romana
  • Roman persecution of Jews and Christians
  • Architectural and engineering advancements in Rome
  • Roman art
  • Causes of the fall of Rome

You will be led through this chapter by an expert instructor whose aim is to convey the information as clearly and interestingly as possible. The lessons are presented in the format of brief animated videos, but are also accompanied by full transcripts if you wish to read the information at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to test your knowledge after each lesson by taking a short multiple-choice quiz.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roman Empire - Chapter Objectives

Before you attain your certification to teach middle school humanities courses in Massachusetts, you must first pass the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Of the six main content subareas on the exam, 25% focus on questions pertaining to history. One of the main objectives of the history questions is to demonstrate an understanding of classical civilizations, including the Roman Empire.

This chapter aims to explain the history of the Roman Empire as thoroughly, albeit concisely, as possible to help you prepare for any pertinent question on the exam. In addition to providing a valuable resource for reviewing important historical information, this chapter also serves to provide you with quizzes to practice answering questions in the same multiple-choice format as the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam itself.

7 Lessons in Chapter 25: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roman Empire
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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.

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 Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

3. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

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

4. 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.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

5. 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 Art: History, Characteristics & Style

6. 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.

The Fall of Rome

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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