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Ch 28: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Greece

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Review the history of ancient Greece in these video lessons outlining its famous stories and accomplishments. The material contained in these lessons will help you get ready for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Greece - Chapter Summary

Much of the ideologies of western civilization can be traced to the ancient Greeks, and this chapter covers many events of this extraordinary culture, from the Persian War to its impact on modern literature and language. The lessons in this chapter review Greek geography and colonization, political organization, philosophy, mythology, religion, and warfare. You can learn about particular civilizations, such as the Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Spartans, as well as Bronze Age Greece and the birth of the alphabet. By viewing these video lessons, you will be better prepared to answer world history questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe what we know about the Minoans through their writing and art
  • Identify types and examples of ancient Greek literature
  • Recall the contributions of significant Greek figures, including Herodotus and the Presocratics
  • Chronicle major themes in Greek mythology
  • Outline the caste system of Spartan civilization and techniques of Spartan warfare
  • Describe the characteristics of Dorian, Ionic, and Corinthian architecture
  • Portray the qualities of Greek sculpture and pottery styles

This study guide offers comprehensive, detailed information in cleverly written and delightfully illustrated video lessons that average less than ten minutes. Designed to catch and hold your interest, they provide you with all of the tools you need to build a well-thought-out and functional study strategy. Short lessons and a timeline feature that can take you from place to place make effective use of your time, while the links between the quizzes and the videos enable you to refer back and forth with ease and fluidity.

13 Lessons in Chapter 28: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Greece
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The Minoans

1. The Minoans

The Minoan culture dispersed across the Mediterranean during the Bronze Age around 2700 BCE, and Sir Arthur Evans discovered evidence of their existence in 1900 on the island of Crete. Learn about Minoan society, including trade, art, and writing, the palace system, and the three theories for what caused the decline of Minoan civilization in the 15th century BCE.

Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

2. Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

Modern linguistics and literature has roots in the ancient Greek works including mythology and history. Explore the impact of legendary Greek literature, and the effects of theater on modern Western literature.

Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

3. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

Mycenae and Troy are two of the most legendary cities in Ancient Greece. Learn about the discovery of these cities' archaeological sites and how the findings contributed to the present historical knowledge on the Bronze Age in Greece.

From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

4. From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

Around 1200 BCE, the Bronze Age collapse had a profound impact on Mediterranean civilizations, and the decline in literacy led to the creation of a new alphabet. Learn about Mycenae at the height of its glory, the Dorian invasion, Greece in the Dark Ages, and how Greek colonization spread along the Mediterranean.

Greek Myth and Religion

5. Greek Myth and Religion

Greek religion was based on a universal pantheon of anthropomorphic gods and their myths. Learn about Greek religion versus modern religion, Hesiod's 'Theogony' and the creation of earth, the Titans, Olympians, and demigods, and the mortals and their gods.

History of Sparta

6. History of Sparta

The whole life of a Spartan warrior is a preparation for his duty and role in his society. Discover Sparta's crisis, Lycurgus' significance in the formation of Spartan society, what Agoge is, and the Sparta Caste system.

Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

7. Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

Herodotus' history of the Persian War is the first contemporary record of wars. Learn about contemporary history versus historical records, Herodotus and his account of the Persian conflict with the Greeks, as well as Darius the Great versus Athens, Xerxes and the Battle of Thermopylae, and the Battle of Salamis.

Geography of Ancient Greece

8. Geography of Ancient Greece

The unique geography of Ancient Greece influenced its government, trade routes, and culture. Learn about the mountains of Greece, an overview of Ancient Greek geography, agricultural patterns, and the importance of the Mediterranean.

Greek City-States and Governments

9. Greek City-States and Governments

In ancient Greece, a city-state, or polis, was the major center of government. Compare the geographies and governments of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, then explore the Greek city-states' constitutions, acts of colonialism, and fixation on competition.

History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

10. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

Cuneiform writing, which first appeared in 3,500 BCE, eventually evolved into the much easier-to-read Greek alphabet. Learn about the history of the alphabet, the problems of cuneiform, and how the Greeks created vowels to write poetry and improve readability.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

11. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

The triumph of Ancient Greek art lay in the technical skill and creative genius of the artists. Learn about the early foundations of Greek art and two mediums the Greeks came to master: pottery and sculpture.

Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

12. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

Ancient Greek architecture heavily focuses on columns for their designs for different buildings and these columns can be classified as Dorian, Ionic, or Corinthian. Learn about different orders of Greek columns and the various types of buildings constructed in Ancient Greece.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

13. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

Ancient philosophy arose from the careful observation of reality by deep thinkers who lived more than 200 years before the births of the great Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and are collectively referred to as Presocratics. Learn more about the Presocratics and the birth of philosophical thought among the Monists, Pythagoreans, Eleatics, Pluralists, and Atomists.

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