Ch 8: NMTA Social Science: Hellenism & Athenian Achievement

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Let us show you what you need to know about Hellenism and Athenian achievement as you prepare to answer questions on the NMTA Social Science Exam, now known as the NES Social Science Exam. Review topics ranging from tragedies and comedies in Greek Theater to accomplishments of Alexander the Great.

NMTA Social Science: Hellenism and Athenian Achievement - Chapter Summary

You can use the lessons in this chapter to help you recall what you learned about Hellenism and Athenian achievement before taking the NMTA Social Science exam for teacher certification. The videos cover many of the topics you will find on the exam, including:

  • The Athenian Golden Age
  • Greek theater
  • The Peloponnesian War and Thucydides
  • Life and philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
  • Alexander the Great
  • Benefits of Hellenization
  • The library of Alexandria
  • Hellenistic philosophers

Our knowledgeable instructors go over each point you need to know, indicating the most important aspects in preparation for the test. Since you can choose between engaging videos or easy-to-read text lessons, you can learn your way. This can help you retain the information more effectively and feel confident for test day.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Hellenism and Athenian Achievement Chapter

The NMTA Social Science Exam is a comprehensive test of the depth and breadth of your understanding of social science. You need a passing grade on the exam to become licensed as a teacher in the state of New Mexico. The topics in this Hellenism and Athenian Achievement chapter fall within the Historiography and World History content domain of the test. This content domain includes 25% of the test questions. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the video lessons, you can gauge your mastery of the material and practice answering the kinds of questions you'll find on the test.

All of the questions on the exam are multiple choice. They require you to read a passage and respond to questions by choosing the correct answer from several options presented. This is a computer-based test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: NMTA Social Science: Hellenism & Athenian Achievement
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Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

1. 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.

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

2. 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.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

3. 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.

Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

7. 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.

The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

8. The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

This lecture begins by examining the spread of the Greek language and alphabet during the Hellenistic period and noting the implications of a universal language. Next we look at four factors that combined to make Alexandria the heart of Hellenistic scholarship: common language, a convenient alphabet, papyrus and climate.

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.

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