Ch 2: NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient World Civilizations

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The fun video lessons in this chapter can enhance your preparations for the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment. Gain greater insight into ancient world civilizations, and test what you've reviewed by taking lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient World Civilizations - Chapter Summary

Take advantage of an amazing studying resource that can boost your knowledge of ancient world civilizations. You can review short lessons to make sure you're able to answer questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment requiring you to:

  • Describe the four empires of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
  • Explain the history of the Persian Empire and the importance of the three Chinese dynasties
  • Discuss the three premier African empires and the history of Mayan civilization
  • Share the civilization and culture of the Aztecs and the Incan Empire
  • Provide details about Greek city-states and governments and Athenian democracy
  • Analyze the art, sports, science and government of Ancient Greece

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11 Lessons in Chapter 2: NYSTCE Social Studies: Ancient World Civilizations
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The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

1. The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Whereas a number of dynasties ruled Egypt, it was often completely different cultures to rule Mesopotamia. This lesson looks at four of those cultures that were able to build empires.

Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

2. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.

History of the Persian Empire

3. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

4. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

5. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

6. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

7. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

8. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Greek City-States and Governments

9. 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

10. 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.

Legacy of Ancient Greece: Art, Government, Science & Sports

11. Legacy of Ancient Greece: Art, Government, Science & Sports

In this lesson, you will explore the legacies that the ancient Greeks left behind on this world in art, government, science, and sports. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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