Classical – Hellenistic
The Quest for Truth: Who is Western
Big Idea: Ancient Greek society provided the cultural foundation
for modern Western society.
and Conquest: Mycenaean Conquest; Trojan War: Homer, The Odyssey Book IV;
Persian War; Peloponnesian War: Delian League/Athenian Empire,
Peloponnesian League/Sparta; Alexander the Great and the conquest of the "four
quarters of the world". Connect Homeric Ideals.
- Government: Minoan
vs. Mycenaean; Dark Ages, Citizen allegiance to the city-state, citizenship
requirements, Homeric Ideals; Athens: Pericles: Athenian Democracy, Funeral Oration, relationship with Socrates;
Athenian Court System, Sparta: Military State, oligarchy; Hellenistic Greece:
Homer; Classic Greece: Sophists, Socrates (Socratic method, etc.),
Plato (The Cave, The Republic, Apology , , Aristotle
(Math/Science, influence on Alexander); effect on traditional
politics/religion; Hellenistic Greece: Stoicism, Epicureanism,
- Art: Minoan vs. Mycenaean; Classic
sculpture/architecture vs. Hellenistic
- Greek Theater:
Tragedy, Comedy, Satyr; Playwright: Sophocles Antigone;
social/political/cultural relevance of theatre.
Part One: Reflection:
What and how have you learned?
Look back and examine your
understanding of how
Classical Greek society provided the
ideological and political foundation for modern Western society. Consider our topics:
war, conquest, politics,
theatre, philosophy, art and intellectualism.
Reflect on our class activities and your homework. How has your understanding
been shaped? In what ways have you most effectively learned? Which activities
were most difficult for you and why? What questions are you left with and, most
importantly, based on what you have learned about Greece: who is western
You must include specific examples of the activities/assignments that
helped to shape your understanding.
You must clearly
identify the way in which you most effectively learned and what was difficult
for you and why.
How does modern western culture demonstrate that
Ancient Greek society provided the cultural foundation for modern
- Provide an example of a modern
politician, philosopher, artist, and conquer who clearly connects modern
western society to its ancient counterpart. Support with evidence from the
Part Three: The Museum
- Which of the topics studied (listed above) should be showcased in the
center of our "Who is Western Man?" room? Why? How would you display the
piece? Reason for this? What would the placard read? You may
include a sketch with your response.