World History: World Civilizations: The Global Experience

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AP World History: World Civilizations: The Global Experience Part II The Classical Period: 1000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.: Uniting Large Regions Chapter 5: Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (Greece & Persia) • Textbook Error: on page 102, the textbook refers to a naval battle between the Persians and Greeks that happened at the “Straits of Thermopylae”. This is incorrect. The naval battle won by the Greeks happened at the Straits of Salamis, while the 500 Spartans previously made a valiant last stand against the Persians at the Pass of Thermopylae in northern Greece. Intro: The Classical Chinese Dynasties of the Qin and Han established the basic components of the longest-lived civilization in world…show more content…
Research the distinctive elements of Persian art and/or architecture. Discuss one or two typical or famous examples. 2. Discuss the importance of the Iliad and the Odyssey to Greek cultural & spiritual life. 3. Research the Oracle at Delphi and other forms of divination in the Greek world. How did the Ancient Greeks use oracles to communicate with the gods, explain & predict events? 4. The Olympic Games integrated and celebrated Greek ideas about athletic competition, the body beautiful, and honoring the gods. Discuss the importance of the Olympic Games by examining these topics. 5. Discuss the artistic & philosophical exchanges between the Greek & Indian (Bactrian) Civilizations during the Hellenistic Age. 6. Research the essential elements of Greek religion. How did the Greeks conceptualize the gods, and people’s relationship with them? What were the primary methods of worship and ritual? 7. Research the Greek mystery religions. How was the religious experience for their members more intense than the “common” religion? Discuss rituals, ceremonies, etc… 8. Discuss (generally) some of the contributions of Greek/Hellenic scientists such as Galen, Ptolemy, Euclid, Pythagoras, and Archimedes. Or, focus on the discoveries and contributions of one or two of the

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