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...for the Week of Nov. 1, 1999


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Review - Rise and Fall Graphs
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Rome TEST - Map for Test
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Review Test - Begin Hinduism and Buddhism

...for the Week of October 25, 1999


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Finish Ben-Hur
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Debrief Ben-Hur - Ben-Hur Paragraphs DUE
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The Rise of Christianity - READ 6.4
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The Fall of Rome - READ 6.5
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Roman Architecture - Review Monday - TEST Tuesday  - Map for Test

...for the Week of October 18, 1999


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QUIZ over 6.1 - 6.3
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Ben-Hur - to the kiss...
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Ben-Hur - to the raft...
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Ben-Hur - to "He's here!"
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Ben-Hur - to "Then they're dead!"

...for the Week of October 11, 1999


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The Punic Wars - READ 6.2
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) 1/2-Day Testing/Institute
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The Prizes of War and Roman Roads - READ 6.3
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Julius Caesar
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Intro Ben-Hur and the Great Eight - QUIZ over 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 on Monday

... for the Week of October 4, 1999


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Debrief Test and Intro ROME - READ 6.1
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Borrow, Adapt, Improve - Building the Foundations of the Roman World

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    Built from a Greek foundation, the Roman world grew from the shores of the Tiber River to encompass the western world from Britannia to Egypt.  As legions of citizen-soldiers defeated Carthage, the doors of Empire began to open.  Though rapid expansion led to initial crisis, a tyrant with vision, Julius Caesar, defied the Imperial Senate and took Rome, its people, and his soldiers by storm.  Establishing order from chaos, Caesar taught the Romans a government designed for a city, the Republic, could not control an Empire.  Senators jealous of his ideas and power killed him, only to later establish the type of government he championed. During the Pax Romana, man conquered nature, bringing water to cities, building amphitheaters for sport, and spreading a Roman culture and the idea of a divine emperor to all corners of the western world.  But a new idea, one that challenged the very foundation of Rome, kept strong in the East.   Symbolized by Ben-Hur, the Judaic faith angered Romans who held fast to traditional Greco-Roman gods.  When ruthless passion was replaced by unconditional love, the Empire began to fall, a slow three-century decline that would culminate with a barbaric invasion and the destruction of the Eternal city.

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Coming soon...

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De nobis fabula narratur - Their story is Our story

Ben-Hur - Film assignment

Along the Roman Roads - Built by their legions, the roads eventually carried an idea that destroyed them

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roman_soldier.jpg (4297 bytes) caesar.jpg (2300 bytes) Augustus.jpg (4573 bytes)
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Committed to ruthlessness, the Roman military was built upon the Greek and Hellenistic armies that conquered before them.   Unleashing on their great adversary, the Carthaginians, in the Third Punic War, Roman domination of the Mediterranean Sea followed, paving the way to Empire. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Having a clear vision of what Rome required, Julius Caesar ruled justly and firmly, intent on leading the Republic-turned-Empire.  But he was killed for his trouble. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Octavian heeded the words of his uncle, becoming Emperor of Rome.  As Augustus, he found the city built of wood, and left it clothed in marble.  With him began the Pax Romana, Rome's golden age.  For the next 200 years, the Romans will reach heights that world will not see for the next 1,800.
Pont du Gard.jpg (5929 bytes) Colesseum.jpg (14223 bytes) Pantheon Wide Angle.jpg (8187 bytes)
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Roman cities grew to populations in the millions, a growth fueled by the generosity of the early Roman government that provided them water, bread and free entertainment.  The great aqueducts demonstrate Rome's grand mastery of form and function rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) To entertain the masses, games at the coliseum featured bouts to the death, whether it be Christian or lion.  For the Romans, the bloodier, the better.  So much so, the Romans spray scented water over the crowds to hide the stench of defeat. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Their greatest architectural triumph was the Pantheon, a building that featured the dome, a Roman trademark.  One-hundred and forty feet high with an oculus nearly 30-ft. wide, the building took advantage of another Roman innovation - concrete.
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rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Showcasing the struggle between two ideas, Ben-Hur is the epic story of love vs. hate, mercy vs. ruthlessness and a Jew vs. a Roman.   With the death of Messala and the salvation of Miriam and Tierza, one of the most fundamental elements of Western culture is formed. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Upon seeing what he believed was a flaming cross in the sky on the eve of a battle, Constantine ordered Christianity promoted throughout the empire.  It was too little, too late as Rome began to succumb to the force that will bring it down.

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Chapter Six
Section One Section Two
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Etruscan roots of Rome rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Legions both defend and conquer (Punic Wars) - significance?
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Describe the Roman Republic - Greek similarities/differences rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Good times follow...but too good - why does a crisis develop?
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) The power of the 12 Tables of Law rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Rise of Caesar - once again, a tyrant establishes order
Section Three Section Four
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Why does the old Republic fail, making way for Empire? rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Why did Rome oppose Christianity?
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Roman Rule - Imperial government, law and military rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Why did Christianity spread rapidly? Structure, message, appeal...
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Roman Civilization - the Pax Romana characteristics rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) What role did Constantine play in the rise of Christianity?
Section Five
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Breakdown the problems:  Economic;
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Political (despite the efforts of Constantine and Diocletian);
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Here come the invading nomads...was it inevitable?

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