Ch 16: MTTC History: The Roman Republic & The Roman Empire

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We can teach you what you need to know about the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire in preparation for the MTTC History exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you varied ways to learn the material.

MTTC History: The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire - Chapter Summary

The short and engaging videos in this chapter review the essentials of Rome's early history as well as Roman art, religion and architecture. Use these lessons to prepare for questions on the MTTC History exam covering:

  • The rise of the Roman Republic
  • Roman law and the Pax Romana
  • Judaism and Christianity in the Roman Empire
  • Roman engineering and architecture
  • Characteristics and styles of Roman art
  • The death of the Roman Republic
  • Constantine and the Eastern Roman Empire
  • Justinian's code of law
  • Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire
  • The Byzantine Empire and its decline
  • The fall of Constantinople
  • The fall of Rome

Our experienced instructors will teach you all the highlights of this historical period in time, in preparation for the test. By using our videos and corresponding quizzes and transcripts, you will learn the material more effectively and enjoy yourself as you study.

Objectives of the MTTC History: The Roman Republic and the Roman Empire Chapter

The MTTC History Exam is a broad test of world and American history from ancient times to the present. It is used to determine eligibility for teacher certification in the state of Michigan. The topics in this chapter are part of the World History section of the test, which includes 33% of the test items. The self-assessment quizzes paired with the video lessons give you some experience in answering the type of questions you'll see on the exam.

The MTTC History Exam is a 100 item multiple-choice test. You will read a passage or a question and choose the correct response from a selection of several possible answers.

15 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTTC History: The Roman Republic & 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.

Roman Myths and Religion

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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 Art: History, Characteristics & Style

7. 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 Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

8. 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.

Constantine & the Eastern Roman Empire

9. Constantine & the Eastern Roman Empire

This lesson will explain the reign of Constantine and his move to Constantinople. It will focus on the advantages of its location, its ties to Roman law, and its homogeneous Christian population.

Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

10. Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

This lesson will highlight the emperors after Constantine. It will specifically explore the reign of Justinian and the famous Justinian code of law. It will also discuss the Apostate and the battle of Adrianople.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

11. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

12. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire and a bit about its famous emperors, Constantine and Justinian, seeing just how this 'New Rome' was established.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

13. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

The Fall of Constantinople: History & Explanation

14. The Fall of Constantinople: History & Explanation

The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 CE marked the final collapse of the Roman Empire. This lesson will provide the background, summary, and far-reaching impact of this historical conflict.

The Fall of Rome

15. 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.

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