Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Greek #5

Greek Contributions:
  1. Democracy
  2. Olympic Games
  3. Philosophy
  4. Architecture
  5. Myths
Athens is said to be the birthplace of democracy and this is an important historical contribution because it lead to a more balanced form a government rather than just having one ruler.  The Olympic Games were another major contribituion because now we hold this major sporting event every four years where the best athletes across the world compete to become victorious.  Great minds lik Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle were the first to really philosophize and question life and its virtues.  Greeks were great architects and were able to create grand buildings such as The Colliseum.  Myths were told as they used stories to explain nature and how their gods held control on earth.

Greek #4

I chose this picture as the cover for the Greek chapter because it emphasizes their beliefs in how important the Gods were to them.  Greek life is based on the stories of various Gods who were said to control some portion of the world and how it works.  People during this time period acted accordingly to prevent from angering the gods by doing wrong.  This picture portrays this theme by depicting the Gods as strong and mighty individuals.

Greek #2

     Sparta and Athens were two major cities in Ancient Greece.  Sparta was ruled by two kings who held office until death or until they were forced out.  Athens was ruled by archons who were voted into office annually hence why they claim to be the birthplace of democracy.  Sparta was a very millitaristic culture in which boys were raised to be soldiers and girls were taught to be wives who maintained the home.  War was a big focal point for the Spartans.  On the other hand Athens allowed their people more freedom by allowing them the chance to be in the millitary but it was not forced upon boys or men.  Athenian boys were allowed the oppurtunity to pursue getting an education.  Spartans served as a major protector of Greek lands.  They eventually went to war because they had difffering opinions on how to interact with other cultures.
     If i was alive during this time period i would have chosen to live under the Spartan rule.  Although I believe education is important during this era war was a reoccuring theme so it was important to be well trained.  Growing up in Sparta would have taught me to be a good warrior and how to protect myself in the face of danger.  Also i do not think it is neccesary to be in control of all other cultures around me so i would be fine with the Spartan philosophy of keeping to myself and helping when needed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Greek #3

 Family Tree
                     Uranus = Gaea
           |      |          |      |        |
Cronus = Rhea       Coeus = Phoebe   Oceanus = Tethys
               |                  |                  |
Leto = Zeus       Iapetus
   |   |    |     |   |              |               |
Hestia | Poseidon | Demeter=Zeus     |         ----------------
Hades   Zeus = Hera   |       |        |      |       |
               |   |  
Persephone     |         | Prometheus|
Athena |             ---------      |             |
                   |             |      |   
Atlas   Epimetheus           ---------------     Apollo Artemis |          |
           |     |       |                       |         |
Aris Hebe Hephaestus             Zeus=Maia  Zeus=Dione
                                                 |         |
Hermes   Aphrodite

Greek #1

  1. People first lived in Greece about 55,000 years ago.
  2. Some of the frescoes show the Minoans worshipping a bull and an Earth goddess.
  3. In Knossos, the Minoans built a great civilization.
  4. In about 1628 B.C., a volcano erupted on an island near Crete and tidal waves caused by the eruption destroyed settlements on Crete.
  5. The Mycenaeans controlled mainland Greece from about 1600 B.C. to about 1200 B.C.
  6. Greeks would often travel to oracles to ask questions about the future.
  7. Athens developed a form of democracy when the idea of popular government, or the idea that people can and should rule themselves, began to take root.
  8. We do not really know who the author or authors of the two epic poems attributed to Homer were; however, the period described is often called the Homeric Age.
  9. The Greeks created myths to explain their world.
  10. The Olympics were probably held for the first time in 776 B.C. to honor the god Zeus.
  11.  Helots made up the third and lowest group in Spartan society.
  12. Ephors were elected from the Spartan assembly, which included all male citizens over 30 years old.
  13. Sparta's goal was to make every adult male citizen part of the military machine.
  14. Draco's laws were so harsh and severe that today we call a harsh law a Draconian law.
  15. Solon also made changes in Athenian government; for example, he set up citizen juries to preside over some court cases.
  16. Trade was the mainstay of Athen's economy.
  17. Terracing means carving small, flat plots of land from hillsides
  18. Parents arranged marriages and often girls were married at 13 or 14 to men twice their age or older.
  19. Generally, most Athenians believed that money should be spent on buildings to benefit the whole community, and not on private homes.
  20. Men called Sophists opened schools for older boys in the 400s B.C.
  21. Persian War series of conflicts between Greece and Persia lasted from about 500 B.C. to 479 B.C.
  22. Pericles was a great general, orator, and statesman in Athens, and was responsible for building the Parthenon and the Acropolis.
  23. Sparta won Pelopponesian War after 27 years.
  24. Thucydides authored a book titled the History of the Peloponnesian Wars.
  25. Athens was the leader of the Delian League.

Prezi Experience

I thought Prezi was a very nice resource to have for future presentations.  This project was the first time I had ever used the program so it was difficult at first but then I began to work out the kinks.  Although it is a little more complex than your basic powerpoint it is much more entertaining and just helps produce an overall better presentation.  In conclusion i will continue to use prezi in the future as well as recommend it to other trying to complete a similar project for class.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Post #10

Portrait of Cyrus the Great.jpg

Personally I believe Cyrus was the most influential Persian leader.  Worthy of his name Cyrus The Great was the founder of the massive Persian Empire.  He was a leader unlike many others which may have been why he was so successful.  He was a wise millitary leader which was apparent in his ability to conquer so much land in so little time.  His unorthodox style of allowing captives to maintain their own lifestyle under his rule was unheard of up to that point.  The concept was so good it was continued even after his death by his son Darius as well as several others.  As you can see from his success he left a huge mark on this society which  lead them into a promising future such as theirs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Post #11

For my Egyptian inquiry I am researching marriage and gender roles in the home.
For Example:
  • Wedding arrangments
  • Rights of a wife
  • How to go about proposing
  • Philosophy on home life activity

Monday, March 7, 2011

Post #8

I present Cyrus The Great with the MOST INFLUENTIAL RULER AWARD because he was the creator of the long time Persian Empire and reconstructed the ideas of taking power.  Unlike most other leaders of this time or earlier he allowed the people he conquered to maintain their culture which created a less slave like imprisonment.  Thus being one of his many innovations he deserved being called "the great".

Post #7

12 Laws
  1. All students shall be permitted to use their ipods during passing time or free periods.
  2. Students shall be permitted to use their cell phones during study halls and lunch periods without being disruptive.
  3. No teacher or administrator shall raise their voice at a student.
  4. All teachers must give atleast one extra credit oppurtunity per marking period to their students.
  5. No teacher shall be allowed to administer any type of assignment over the weekend or a break.
  6. Students are permitted to leave school for lunch as long as they return to school in a timely manner for their next class.
  7. No teacher shall be allowed to throw a pop quiz at any point in time.
  8. The school shall host one dance a month for students.
  9. Every Wednesday should be a half day for teacher/staff in-service.
  10. Students that are 18 or older shall be permitted to sign out at any time during the school day.
  11. Students shall be permitted to wear hats in school during the day.
  12. Seniors who have enough credits to graduate shall be permitted to fill their schedule with study halls if they choose to.