Western Civilization, Week 6 – The Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War

Describe the circumstances leading to the Persian Wars. Why were they significant events in Western history? The conflict leading to the Persian Wars starts with a diplomatic misunderstanding. Sparta was not supportive of Athens’ democratic reformer at the time, Clisthenes. They kept interfering in Athens’ affairs, and the Athenians were not happy about it. So … More Western Civilization, Week 6 – The Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War

Western Civilization I, Week 5 – Aristotle’s Ethics

2. How would you explain Aristotle’s main points in his Ethics to the average person?     Aristotle believed that there was a most powerful motivator, a “highest good” that people strived for in their lives. He asked around to find out what this highest good could be. If someone answered that they have to save money, … More Western Civilization I, Week 5 – Aristotle’s Ethics

Western Civilization I, Week 4 – Socrates and Plato

What was the disagreement Socrates had with the Sophists? The Sophists were 5th century Greeks who taught public speaking and persuasion for a fee. They taught public speaking because, at the time, being able to speak properly and persuade your audience was very important. One reason that this was so important was that there were … More Western Civilization I, Week 4 – Socrates and Plato

Western Civilization I, Week 3 – The Cyclopes and Ancient Greece

1. Read Homer’s description of the Cyclopes (plural) in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Would you describe them as having a civilization? Why or why not? Throughout history, civilization has been described in a few different ways. Many of these descriptions share some key attributes. Most civilizations had agriculture, some form of government, architecture, and commonly … More Western Civilization I, Week 3 – The Cyclopes and Ancient Greece

Western Civilization I, Week 1 – Important Events from Abraham to Moses

Write a brief overview of important events in Hebrew history from Abraham to Moses. The Abrahamic religions are very prominent in the world today, and as the name says, they start from Abraham. In this essay we are going to be looking at Hebrew history starting from the patriarch Abraham down to the prophet Moses. … More Western Civilization I, Week 1 – Important Events from Abraham to Moses