The student will analyze and summarize the impact on the modern world of the major world religions and the philosophical political principles of ancient and classical societies.
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Cite specific textual and visual evidence to evaluate the impact of geography and various trade networks connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa on the spread of religions, philosophies, and political beliefs.
Examine the origins, traditions, beliefs, and impact of Judaism on ancient and modern societies including the religious concept of monotheism and its influence into the modern eras.
Compare using specific textual evidence the contributions of Greek and Roman philosophers to political ideas using selections from Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Politics, Cicero’s On the Republic and On the Laws, and their impact on later political thought in Western societies.
Examine the origins, traditions, and beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism, and explain their influence on the civilizations of India, China, and Southeast Asia, and their influence into the modern eras.
Examine the origins, traditions, beliefs, and impact of Christianity including its spread under the Roman Empire; its preservation by the Roman Catholic Church; the Byzantines and the Orthodox churches; and its influence into the modern eras.