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Alexander the Great

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In summing up the importance of Alexander the Great, please copy the following information into your notes.


Alexander the Great and His Influence
What three military methods did King Philip use to build Macedonia’s military power?

Professional army:
*Full-time
*Highly trained                                                   
*Well paid

New battle formations:
*phalanx (line of soldiers with long spears)


New weapons and war machines:
*Catapults
*Battering ram

Each of the following was part of Alexander’s strategy for building an empire.

STRATEGY: Conquering New Lands
HOW DID IT HELP ALEXANDER? 
*Gave Alexander additional land, power, and wealth.
*Empire extended into Egypt, Persia, India, Asia Minor, Syria, and Libya.

STRATEGY: Establishing Features of Greek Culture in Conquered Lands
HOW DID IT HELP ALEXANDER?
*Modeling new cities after Greek cities.
*Leaving Greeks to rule colonies.
*UNIFYING ENTIRE EMPIRE

STRATEGY: Adopting Features of the Conquered Culture
HOW DID IT HELP ALEXANDER?
*Adopted some …

Athens, Sparta, and the Peloponnesian War

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Here are some video clips about the city-states of Athens and Sparta and the Peloponnesian War between them, fought during the years 431-404 B.C.E.

Check out this easy slide showabout Athens and Sparta:
http://teacherweb.com/IN/LMS/SS6/Sparta-vs-Athens-2.pdf

The Wikipedia article on the Peloponnesian War is actually pretty good:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peloponnesian_War

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Greek Pottery

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So much of what archaeologists have learned about Greek culture comes from the images depicted on a range of Greek pottery. While pottery dates back to the Neolithic settlements predating the Minoans on Crete, the greatest examples of pottery styles come from the Classical Age of the 5th century B.C. There were many different forms and uses for pottery, and the images were extremely detailed, usually depicting myths.

Some of the Greek pottery that archaeologists have found include labels of characters as well. In a few rare pots, the artist even signed his name to his work. As you know, the Greek alphabet of the Classical period was based on the Phoenicians' alphabet. While modern Greek has many similarities with the ancient language, they are not exactly alike. Also, because our alphabet is based on the Greek alphabet as it came though the Romans, there are some similarities with our alphabet as well. In fact, the word 'alphabet' comes from the names of the first two let…

Contributions of the Greeks

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In summing up the importance of Greek culture on our civilization today, please copy the following information into your notes.


Contributions of the Greeks
Note some of the significant achievements of the Greeks in literature:

POETRY:
*Epic Poems - Long poems celebrating heroic deeds (like the Iliad and the Odyssey)

*Lyric Poems - Shorter poems dealing with personal feelings, such as love poetry

DRAMA:
*Many classical Greek plays are still performed

*Greeks invented comedy and tragedy as genres 


Who are some important Greek thinkers in the following fields? You don't have to memorize all of these Greeks' names, but at least read over the list and think about what the ancient Greeks have given to our modern culture...

FIELD: PHILOSOPHY
Thinkers: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
Ideas or Discoveries: Seeking the truth by asking questions (also called the Socratic method)


FIELD: ASTRONOMY
Thinker: Aristarchus
Ideas or Discoveries: Discovered that the Earth revolves around the sun
FIELD: MATHEMATIC…

Greek Culture and Engineering

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Here are a few videos about Greek art, culture, and History from Khan Academy. Cool!