Current Morning Lesson Block: Classical History

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Block Book Contents

Monday, April 14, 2014

Classical History Block Book Contents  April 2014

Cover (7 points)
I am a sucker for a good cover. It should illustrate a theme from the block and give me a sense of what aspect of the block was important to you. It should include your name, my name, the date and the title of the block.

Table of Contents (2 points)
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Topics for Essay #3

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Topics for Essay Number 3   Due Monday, April 14, 2014

1. Gracchus and Sulla: Patriots or Profiteers?

Tiberius Gracchus and Lucius Cornelius Sulla each considered himself a patriotic Roman. What might each one say about his contributions to the Roman Republic? In what way did each one undermine the Republic? (You can choose to compare...

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Assignments Week Three

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Monday, April 7

Choose one of the Roman leaders we have studied. Draw their portrait and write a short one to two page biographical sketch similar to the one you did for a Greek philosopher. (At least two sources listed in MLA style.)

The portrait is due Wednesday; the biography is due Thursday.

Possible choices include . . .

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Topics for Essay #2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Due Monday, April 7, 2014

The Founding of Rome
Although the early history of Rome is semi-mythical, the tales of Romulus and Remus and the founding of the city show us about Roman values? What strengths did they admire? What did they condemn? What faults did they overlook?

The Roman Republic
What does the story of the tragic fate of...

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Assignments Week Two

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March 31 – April 4, 2014

Monday, March 31

Read “The Twelve Tables”

Using clear, grammatical, complete sentences  . . .

  • Choose one law that you feel is sensible and good and say why.
  • Choose one law that you feel is unfair or overly harsh and say why.

Tuesday, April 1

No Homework. I strongly suggest that you use this...

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Topics for Essay #1

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Choose one topic to write about in an essay of 5 to 7 paragraphs due Monday, March 31.The questions are to get you thinking. You do not need to answer all of the suggested questions. I am open to your own ideas for topics as well.

Plato’s cave as a metaphor for good government
Through his allegory of the cave, what point is Plato...

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Who’s Who in the School of Athens

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1. Zeno of Citium – A Stoic. Emphasized living a virtuous life to attain goodness and peace of mind.

2. Epicurus – believed we should seek pleasure and avoid pain, no life after death.

4. Anaximander – studied geometry and astronomy and introduced the sundial.

5.  Averroes – a Muslim philosopher. physician and astronomer who...

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Map Requirement

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Choose a map to draw for your block book.

Possibilities include:

  • Alexander’s Empire
  • The Route of Alexander’s Conquests
  • Early Rome
  • Hannibal’s Battle Strategy
  • Hannibal’s Route in the Second Punic War
  • Mark Antony’s Strategy in the Battle of Actium
  • The Roman Empire at Its Height

The maps in the reading book...

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Assignments Week One

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Monday, March 24

Read “The Cave” and answer the following study questions.

Choose a philosopher from the list provided in class, and write a brief biography. No more than two typed pages. At least two sources, three is preferred. List sources using MLA style.


Tuesday, March 25

Read the Life of Aristotle and be ready for a...

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