Ch 15: MTTC History: Classical Greece

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Let our instructors reacquaint you with classical Greece as you get ready for related questions on the MTTC History exam. Learn about Athenian democracy, Socrates and the birth of philosophy.

MTTC History: Classical Greece - Chapter Summary

The short video lessons in this chapter can help you quickly prepare to answer questions on the MTTC History exam about classical Greece. These lessons offer comprehensive info about ancient Greece through engaging videos that make learning the following concepts fun and easy:

  • Greek colonization, city-states and government
  • Greek myths, religion, art and architecture
  • The Presocratics and the birth of philosophy
  • Euclid, Archimedes and Ptolemy
  • Life and philosophy of Socrates
  • Platonic idealism and Aristotelian logic
  • Herodotus' Persian War
  • The birth of Hellenism and Alexander the Great

Easily prepare for the MTTC History exam with these lessons taught by history experts. You can use the transcripts that come with each video to get definitions for key terms and you'll be able to re-watch the videos as often as you want while you're studying for the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Classical Greece Chapter

The MTTC History exam assesses your understanding of history, economics and political science in order to earn a license to teach history in Michigan. The exam is made up of multiple-choice questions covering four subareas: historical concepts, U.S. history, world history and interdisciplinary perspectives. About 33% of the exam's questions are found in the world history subarea, which is where you'll be asked about classical Greece. You can use the self-assessment quizzes attached to each of our lessons to get ready for the exam questions' content and format.

16 Lessons in Chapter 15: MTTC History: Classical Greece
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From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

1. 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.

Greek City-States and Governments

2. 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.

Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

3. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.

Greek Myth and Religion

4. 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.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

5. 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.

Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

6. 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.

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

7. Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

This lecture examines the function of theatre in Greek culture and religion, with special focus on the Athenians. It then explores the three different sorts of Greek theatre: satyr plays, comedy and tragedy, citing specific examples. Finally, we study the impact of theatre on Western civilization.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

8. 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.

Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

9. Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

This lecture recounts the achievements of the many great minds that called Alexandria home. We will look at Euclid, Ptolemy, Archimedes, Aristarchus, Herophilos, Erasistratus and Eratosthenes.

Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

10. Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

This lecture is a whirlwind tour through the life of Socrates. It begins with an explanation of the Socratic problem, followed by an examination of his philosophy. The lecture ends with a summary of Socrates' legacy.

Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

11. Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

This lecture examines the philosophy and legacy of Plato. It covers the Allegory of the Cave, the Realm of Forms and Plato's views on politics and the soul. Finally, it shows Plato's enduring legacy in modern science.

Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence

12. Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence

This lesson will explore the life of the famous philosopher Aristotle. It will highlight his life in Northern Greece and Athens, as well as his interactions with Alexander the Great. It will also explain the main tenants of Aristotelian logic.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

13. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

14. 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.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

15. Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

16. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

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