Category Archives: Ancient Greece

11/1 Rome as a “republic”

JQ: What does republic mean? In the pledge of allegiance the term republic is used. What does this signify?

In Class

1. Discuss the meaning of the term republic.

2. Review notes about different types of governments: monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. What are the differences between them?

3. Review the different categories of Rome’s “balanced government.”

  • Office of the Consul (in place of kings…)
  • Senate (aristocratic branch of Rome’s government)
  • Assembly (power of the people)

4. Complete handout titled “The Roman Republic.”

5. Play the “powers game” on the smart board.


10/25 Inspiration & Greece today

JQ: None.

In Class

1. Create a review of Greece chapter using Inspiration. Add as many details as you can. When completed, print out and add to your binder.

2. Look at current events in Greece. Why are Greek citizens protesting? How are the protests similar or different to the ones in Madison last February? You may wish to go in the order the links are listed to get the best understanding of events.

10/21 Notes day! & Catch up

JQ: None

In Class:

1. Complete work on philosophy and the Parthenon.

2. Review strategies for notetaking.

3. Complete notes on Greece, including all of Chapter 5.


Complete notes for the chapter in the textbook.

10/19-20 Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

JQ: Are you the type of person who asks many questions? Who do you ask them to? What types of questions do you like? Factual? Philosophical? Humorous?

In Class:

1. Who was Socrates? What did he believe?

2. The trial of Socrates.

  • Another attempt (after the successful attempts of 411 and 404) is made to overthrow Athenian democracy.  This one, in which young men associated with Socrates play a prominent role, is beat back.
  • 399 B.C. Socrates is charged with “corrupting the youth” of Athens and “not believing in the gods the state believes in, but in other new spiritual beings.”  He is convicted on a 280-220 by a 500-person jury of freemen, then sentenced to death by hemlock by a larger margin.

3. Occupy Wall Street. What would Aristotle and Socrates say?


From Tuesday:
Heath: Chapter 5, Section 3 (continued) Pages 120-122 “Philosophers Search for Truth;

Spielvogel Pages  75 -81:   “The Greek Love of Wisdom” Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

For today:
Heath: Chapter 5, Section 4:
“Alexander’s Conquests spread Greek Culture”Pages 122-127

Spielvogel: Pages 84-102 “The Hellenistic World”

10/18 Greek achievements

JQ: What are our society’s crowning achievements? What evidence will historians unearth about us to suggest it is our “Golden Age?” Or… won’t they say that?

In Class:

1. Consider the Greek contributions to Art and Architecture. Lecture notes here. (powerpoint)

2.Complete watching the Golden Age of Greece. Discuss.

3. Additional films about Greece:


Heath: Chapter 5, Section 3 (continued) Pages 120-122 “Philosophers Search for Truth;

Spielvogel Pages  75 -81:   “The Greek Love of Wisdom” Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

10/17 “The Golden Age of Greece”

JQ: None.

In Class:

1. Discuss assignment about Direct Democracy using Collect.

2. Discuss the important contributions from Pericles:

  • In 461 BC the assembly elects Pericles as one of Athen’s generals.
  • His goals were to: 1) strengthen Athenian democracy; 2 build a commercial empire;a and 3) glorify Athens.
  • Famous oratory speech: Perciles’ Funeral Oration (excerpt is in Heath, p. 119 and in Spielvogel on pg. 68)

2. Begin watching “Time Life: The Age of Excellence.”


Heath: Chapter 5, Section 3:  “Athens led Greece in its Golden Age” Pages 115-120 – STOP at “Philosophers Searched for Truth”;

Spielvogel: Pages 67-71:  Growth of Athenian Empire and; Pages 71-74:  Culture and Society during Golden Age

10/14 Quiz and misc.

JQ: None today.

In Class:

1. Return papers and exams.

2. LMC for climate survey.

3. Open notes quiz.