Ch 41: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Greek History

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the mythology, history, philosophy and historical figures of ancient Greece. These lessons were put together to help with your preparations for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Greek History - Chapter Summary

Watch the videos in this chapter to review the history and culture of ancient Greece. These lesson videos are taught by expert instructors who explain the Athenian Golden Age, Hellenistic era, Greek mythology, early Greek philosophies and history. After this chapter you should be better prepared for questions on the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities about:

  • Structure of ancient Greek government and city-states
  • Athenian Golden Age
  • Greek mythology, history, art and architecture
  • The Persian and Peloponnesian wars
  • Rise of Alexander the Great and Hellenism
  • Philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
  • The Hellenistic philosophers

Enjoy the versatility of these lessons by watching them on your mobile devices as well as your computer. After you've watched these lessons, test your retention of the information presented by taking the lesson quizzes. Reinforce your understanding of topics you find challenging by returning to the lessons with video tags or reading the lesson transcripts. Whenever you think you have a firm understanding of the material test yourself again with the chapter exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Greek History Chapter Objectives

Individuals interested in teaching middle grades language arts or social studies take the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities to earn a certification that demonstrates their master over these two fields of study. This two-part, computer-based certification exam may be taken in either a single 2.5-hours testing session or two 1.25-hours testing sessions. Each subtest of this exam is composed 55 multiple-choice questions. You can expect 33% of the first subtest to ask U.S. and world history questions, including some about the history of ancient Greece. Complete the lessons and assessments of this chapter to prepare for these questions and improve your understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece.

12 Lessons in Chapter 41: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Greek History
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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.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

2. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

3. Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

In this lesson, you will explore the mythology of ancient Greek civilization, including the gods, heroes and monsters of legend. Then, test you understanding with a brief quiz.

Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

4. Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

This lecture begins with Herodotus' special place in history. It then looks at the miracle at Marathon and seeks to explain how it happened by comparing phalanx warfare to Persian warfare. Following that, we'll run through a brief summary of the rest of the war, with special attention drawn to Greek triremes.

Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

5. Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

6. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

Ancient Greek Art & Architecture

7. Ancient Greek Art & Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore the fundamental aspects of Greek art and architecture, two disciplines that set standards of style and technique that influence us to this day. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

8. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

This lecture covers the advent of philosophy. It first differentiates philosophy from religion, drawing parallels to modern science. It then establishes the basic questions of Presocratic philosophy: What is matter? and What causes change? The rest of the lecture demonstrates how these questions developed as they were tackled by generations of Presocratic philosophers. Finally, it makes plain our incredible debt to the Presocratics.

Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

9. Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

This lecture is a whirlwind tour through the life of Socrates. It begins with an explanation of the Socratic problem, followed by an examination of his philosophy. The lecture ends with a summary of Socrates' legacy.

Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

10. Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

This lecture examines the philosophy and legacy of Plato. It covers the Allegory of the Cave, the Realm of Forms and Plato's views on politics and the soul. Finally, it shows Plato's enduring legacy in modern science.

Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence

11. Aristotelian Logic: Aristotle's Central Concepts and Influence

This lesson will explore the life of the famous philosopher Aristotle. It will highlight his life in Northern Greece and Athens, as well as his interactions with Alexander the Great. It will also explain the main tenants of Aristotelian logic.

Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

12. Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

This lecture recounts the achievements of the many great minds that called Alexandria home. We will look at Euclid, Ptolemy, Archimedes, Aristarchus, Herophilos, Erasistratus and Eratosthenes.

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