Exploring the Ancient World


Unit 2: The Greeks

In this unit, we will begin to explore the Greek civilization and we will continue with this exploration in the next unit as well. In this unit, we will look at the following:

1. The Greek World, including the ways that geography, literature, and other empires influenced the Greek worldview.

2. Greek Life, including the role of the polis or city-state in Greek society, the development of democracy, the role of women in society, and the legal structure.

3. Democracy in the Ancient World, including the debates over governmental structures by some of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.

4. Finally, you will be asked to participate in the debate over democracy by reflecting on this fundamental question: Is Democracy Good? Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano, dean of the Regent University College of Arts & Science, will introduce you to the topic and then you will be asked to discuss this question with your classmates.

There is much to learn! Take your time and interact thoughtfully with the material in this unit.