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Ch 5: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Ancient Greece & Rome

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Revisit the ancient world as you watch these lessons in our Ancient Greece & Rome chapter. As you get ready to take the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies test, you will find them to be of value in addressing the types of questions you may encounter.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Ancient Greece & Rome - Chapter Summary

Much of the modern world still owes a debt to the ancient Greeks and Romans. This chapter will help prepare you for questions on the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam that relate to the contributions of these great civilizations in art, law, architecture, comedy and tragedy, the Greek ideal of beauty and the Roman genius in engineering. The videos include the following material:

  • Influence of geography on Greek city-states
  • Greek democracy and types of governments
  • History, structure and formation of the Roman Republic
  • Origins and development of the Holy Roman Empire
  • Significance of the Pax Romana and Roman law
  • Commerce in ancient Greece and the Mediterranean
  • Rome's contributions to science, law, literature, art and more

Measure and track your progress through the lessons by taking the short quiz that follows each one and then completing the test at the end of the chapter. The quizzes link back to specific points in the lessons, so checking an answer is quick and easy. Subject-matter experts are available for consultation upon request, and you have ready access to our instructors whenever you have questions or require additional assistance.

12 Lessons in Chapter 5: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Ancient Greece & Rome
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Greek City-States and Governments

1. 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.

Forms of Government in Ancient Greece

2. Forms of Government in Ancient Greece

In this lesson, you will explore several forms of government that could be found in ancient Greece. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

4. 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.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

5. Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

This lesson covers the formation of the Roman Republic. We start by identifying the underlying causes of the Republican revolution. We then examine how the Romans instituted and expanded upon their system of checks and balances, starting with patrician assemblies and ending with the Plebeian Council.

The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

6. The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

This lesson explains the political structure of the Roman Republic by highlighting the importance of social class within the system. It also explains the roles and positions of the Consuls, the Senate, and the Assembly.

The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

7. 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

8. 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.

Trade & Commerce in Greek City-States & the Mediterranean Region

9. Trade & Commerce in Greek City-States & the Mediterranean Region

In this lesson, you will explore the commerce of the Ancient Greek city-states as they became involved with an early network of international trade. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

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