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Explore the rise and glory of two of the greatest civilizations in history, and learn the tragedy of their decline and fall.
This course traces the rise, reign, and rule of two of the most important civilizations: Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. This includes their legendary founders and heroes, including Romulus and Remus, Achilles and Agamemnon, Augustus Caesar and even the revolt of Spartacus.
Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments
Week 2: The Greek Awakening
Week 3: The Persian Wars
Week 4: Athens and Sparta
Week 5: The Rise of Macedon
Week 6: Alexander the Great
Week 7: From Alexander to Hadrian
Week 8: Legendary Beginnings
Week 9: The Growth of Empire
Week 10: The End of the Republic
Week 11: The Rule of Emperors
Week 12: Crisis and Catastrophe
Week 13: Reconstruction and Revival
Week 14: Decline and Fall
Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE by the instructor.
Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.
NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review
Also, students will have one short (5-10 minute), ungraded review quiz per week based on classroom lectures and discussions.
Class Dates: Wednesdays, January 10 to April 24, 2024. No class Feb. 14 or Mar. 27.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration per class: 55 minutes