western-civilatization-discussion-questions

Lesson 2 Discussion Board Question: Chapter 3

Please respond to the following items:

  • What do the selections from Xenophon, Aristotle, and Plutarch reveal about the role of women in the Athenian household?
    • In Sparta?
    • How do they differ?
    • How are they similar?
    • Why?
  • How did the Greeks conceive the “natural” attributes of men and women and how did the Greek view of the world shape Greek conceptions of gender and gender roles?

Lesson 2 Discussion Board Question: Chapter 4

Please respond to the following items:

  • What are Demosthenes’ criticisms of Philip II?
  • What appeal does Isocrates make to Philip?
  • What do these documents tell you about the persistent factionalism and communal tensions within the Greek world?
  • In light of subsequent events, who— Demosthenes or Isocrates— made the stronger argument? Why?

Lesson 3 Discussion Board Question: Chapter 5

“The End of the Republic: Three Views”

Please respond to the following items:

  • To what does the historian Sallust attribute the decline of the Roman Republic?
  • Why did Caesar believe he was justified in moving his troops into Italy?
  • How did Cicero feel about Caesar’s actions?
  • Do you think this could have been avoided to save the Roman Republic or was it simply a power grab on Caesar’s part?

Lesson 3 Discussion Board Question: Chapter 7

Please respond to the following items:

  • What motives may have prompted Ammianus Marcellinus to describe the Huns so harshly?
  • How does the account of Priscus differ, and what strategies of the Huns do you detect here to impress and overawe foreigners?
  • How reliable do you think these descriptions of the Huns are? Why?