Ch 3: NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient Empires

About This Chapter

Look over this chapter to review the history of several ancient empires. These lessons will help prepare you for the world history questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam through developing your knowledge of specific empires.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient Empires - Chapter Summary

Improve your abilities to answer related questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam by using the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of ancient empires. Aspects of ancient empires that will be addressed in these lessons include:

  • Development of the Roman Republic
  • Emperor Augustus and the early Roman Empire
  • Factors that contributed to the fall of Rome
  • Lasting legacies of Roman art, architecture, technology, science, literature, language, and law
  • History of the Han Dynasty in China and its political contributions

This chapter provides several resources to aid you in your studies. You may review these lessons as brief videos and/or as full transcriptions that highlight key terminology. Also, to test how well you understand the information that's been presented to you, you may take short self-assessments at the end of each lesson.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient Empires
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Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

1. 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 Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

2. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.

The Fall of Rome

3. 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.

Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

4. Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

In this lesson, you'll explore the legacy of art and architecture from the powerful Roman Empire, which influences our ideas about style to this day. Afterward, you can test your understanding of the ancient world with a quiz.

Legacies of Roman Technology & Science

5. Legacies of Roman Technology & Science

In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman technology and science, legacies that still influence us to this day. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Legacies of Roman Literature, Language & Law

6. Legacies of Roman Literature, Language & Law

In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman language, called Latin, and the literature and law they used that language to create. Then, test your understanding about the ancient Romans with a brief quiz.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

7. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty

8. Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty's impact on Chinese history is almost impossible to understate. This lesson provides details as to the organization of the Han, as well as how they were able to grow increasingly powerful.

Chapter Practice Exam
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