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Ch 2: Prentice Hall World History Review Part II: Empires of the Ancient World

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The World History Review Part II: Empires of the Ancient World chapter of this Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today, The Modern Era Companion Course helps students review the essential lessons associated with ancient world empires. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the World History Review Part II: Empires of the Ancient World textbook chapter.

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Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Hinduism's origins in the Indus River Valley
  • Buddhism's founding
  • Founding and influence of Confucianism
  • Taoism's history and the Tao-Te Ching
  • Greek colonization and city-states
  • Greek myths and religion
  • Ancient Rome's founding and early history
  • Roman Republic's rise
  • Role of Judaism and Christianity in the Roman Empire
  • Aztec culture
  • Incan civilization and army

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13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Prentice Hall World History Review Part II: Empires of the Ancient World
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The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

2. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

3. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Block & Tao-Te Ching

4. The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Block & Tao-Te Ching

This lesson will seek to explain the rather nebulous founding of Taoism. In doing so, it will explore the concepts of the Tao and the Pu, while also highlighting the role Lao-tzu played in the formation of this ancient Eastern philosophy.

From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

5. From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

This lesson covers the history of Greece from the collapse of Mycenae to the start of Greek Colonization. We watch its dissolution during the Dorian Invasion and take a look at Greece in the Dark Ages.

Greek City-States and Governments

6. 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.

Greek Myth and Religion

7. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

8. The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

This lesson covers the foundation of Rome. We look at the geography of Italy. We examine some of its most important inhabitants before the Romans. Finally, we look at both the historical facts and the Roman myths regarding the foundation of Rome.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

9. 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 Fall of Rome

10. 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.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

11. 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

12. 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.

Incan Army: History & Practices

13. Incan Army: History & Practices

In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.

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