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Unit 1 – The Contributions of Ancient Greece and Rome,
Judaism and Christianity to Western Civilization
Chapter 1 (Sec. 1-4)
10.1 - Students relate the moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in
Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought.
1. 10.1.1 - Analyze the similarities and differences in Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman views of law, reason
and faith, and duties of the individual.
2. 10.1.2 - Trace the development of the Western political ideas of the rule of law and illegitimacy of tyranny,
using selections from Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics.
Part One: The Greek Roots of Democracy (Chapter 1-1)
Essential Question: What ideas arose in ancient Greece that contributed to the development of democratic
values in the modern world?
Part Two: The Roman Republic and Empire (Chapter 1-2)
Essential Question: How did the government of Rome develop into an empire?
Part Three: Principles of Judaism (Chapter 1-3)
Essential Question: Why did the concept of law mean so much to the Jewish people?
Part Four: The Rise of Christianity (Chapter 1-4)
Essential Question: How did Christianity develop from Judaism into a powerful, independent religion?