A: Basic components of history
1 What is history and why study history
2 Critical thinking--knowledge vs. methodology
3 The past, present, and future
B: "Western" and non-Western civilization
1 What does western civilization mean?
2 What does western civilization mean today?
3 A new global or world civilization today.
C: The ancient Near East
1 Ancient Egypt: religious power in an agrarian society
2 Ancient Mesopotamia: political power in an agrarian society
3 Hebrews and Phoenicians: Only exceptions in the historical development of the ancient Near East
4 Contributions of the ancient Near East to history
D: Ancient Greece
1 Greek Ideals and Myths: Birth of an Urban Civilization
2 Greek Contribution to History: ANCIENT ATHENS--5th C. B.C.
3 Odyssey and its importance as the Greek "Bible"
Freedom: Arete, Moira, Balance, Center, Ethos, Justice, Good,
Truth, and HUBRIS
and the end of Greek Civilization
5 Hellenic and Hellenistic Cultures--Comparison and Contrasting
6 Euripides' assigned plays and their meaning for the Ancient Greeks and for History.
E: Roman Civilization
1 Rise and fall of Ancient Rome
2 Roman Republic and Roman Empire
3 Originality of Ancient Rome
4 Christianity and the Soul: Comparison and contrasting to the Hebrews
5 Division of the Roman Empire: East and West
F: Survival of Roman Empire in the East
1 Comparison with the survival of Roman Empire in the West
2 Authoritarian Political and Religious state
G: Medieval Civilization
1 Rise of Medieval towns
2 Rediscovery of the past
3 Gothic Civilization and Church
4 14th Century and Collapse of Medieval Culture
1 Rebirth of Ancient Greek and Roman Cultural Ideals
2 Role of Florence in the Renaissance
3 15th Century Urban Civilization and its importance in History.
1 The New Historical Forces and the New Religion
2 Geneva and the birth of the modern world
J: For the honors section, coverage of the important cultural contributions of each of the periods of study listed above. For example,
1. The Sumarians and the epoch of Gilgamesh 2. The Odyssey and the Ancient Greeks 3. Plutarch and the Ancient Romans
1. The Sumarians and the epoch of Gilgamesh
2. The Odyssey and the Ancient Greeks
3. Plutarch and the Ancient Romans