2Ancient Greece Valued Reason and deep thinking. Three Great Thinkers: Socrates – question your thoughts and beliefsPlato – The Republic described an ideal societyAristotle – taught to live based on reasonAthens started democracy; all male citizens participated in the government
3Ancient Rome Roman Republic was another form of democracy Elected representatives for one yearLaws were kept on display in public placesBelieved in innocent until proven guilty and equality for all citizens
4The Middle Ages in Europe Lasted about 1,000 years.People followed the feudal systemNearly everyone was Catholic Christian.
5The CrusadesSeries of Holy Wars between Christians and Muslims in Southwest Asia (today’s Middle East).Christians wanted control of Palestine and the “Holy Lands”.Started permanent trade with countries in Asia.
6Travel and Growth Technology in the early 1100s made farming easier. Population gets larger.Cities become larger.Travel becomes safer, Increased trade along a trade route called the Silk Road.Marco Polo – famous Italian traveller and merchant that brought back ideas, spices, paper money, even spaghetti!
7The Black DeathAround 1345, the Black Death is brought back to Europe through trade.It kills about 25 million!Everything is effected.Workers are scarce, so they start demanding better treatment and conditions.Begin seeing trade guilds and a middle class emerge.
8The Renaissance Means “rebirth” Love of education during this period. Rulers had relative peace and control.Advances in Art, literature, science, politics, value of human individuals.Begins in Italy, spreads across Europe.
9Leaders of the Renaissance Michelangelo – painter, sculptor, architectLeonardo da Vinci – painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, engineer, mapmaker.Dante Alighieri – writerWrote in Italian instead of latin – BIG step to making education available to everyoneJohannes Gutenberg – developed a printing press with movable type.