The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization”

The following link takes you to the PBS Support Website for this series:

whatch view the PBS documentary “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization”

I have also provided transcripts of the documentary at this site for your convenience and for ADA requirements: Answer the following study questions in a 600-word-minimum essay, quoting the film, your textbook, and the assigned primary documents at least once each in the essay to help support your conclusions (4 quoted and cited passages required in total). Make sure you provide properly formatted parenthetical citations of your sources after all quoted materials. Do not answer in bullet points or in a numbered list. I want this composed as an essay. At the end of your essay please provide a Works Cited and you must post a study question of your own.

  1. Give FULL identification of the film, your textbook and the assigned documents: When were they written or given? by whom? where? why were they written? who was the intended audience? Refer to the Powerpoint on Vetting your sources in the Writing Guidelines folder. You MUST fully identify ALL sources.
  2. Describe how each of these defining wars in Greek History: Trojan Wars, Persian Wars, Peloponnesian Wars, and the conquests of Alexander the Great, impacted not only Greek History, but world history.
  3. Summarize the Greek ideal of “Arete” = Greek moral virtue = as personified in the “hero” image of the Greek male epitomized in the works of Homer. What role did War play in defining the virtuous Greek male? Choose one famous Greek male discussed in the film whom you believe embodied the cultural notion of the virtuous Greek male and tell his story.
  4. Describe the differences and similarities of the ideals of Athenian Democracy portrayed in the film, your textbook, and the primary document excerpt from the History of Thucydides. What connections can you make between the Homeric writings of male virtue and Thucydides writing of the Funeral Oration of Pericles’? How did the Homeric poems influence Athenian democracy?
  5. What were the highs and lows of the Greek world, in terms of their height of civilization and ultimate collapse of democracy and culture? What mark(s) did the Greeks leave on our civilization today? Write a substantial (600 words minimum) response to the given prompt, answering all questions in essay form.





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