On Monday (9/9), we reviewed ideas, images, and ancient artifacts from the Roman civilization. Many of the "things" we value today come from Rome, the cradle of civilization!
On Tuesday (9/10), we explored the factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire. Many of those factors are described in our readings, and within the textbook is a graphic organizer (pp. 160) that might help you better understand the factors that led to the fall.
Today (9/11), we spoke briefly and broadly about the significance of September 11th. For our class, I can't say enough the importance of studying ideas, issues, and questions of the past -- they help inform us of how we approach those same factors in the present and in the future.
We briefly examined the rise of religions around the world -- how pockets of organized religion first emerged in Asia, and then made its way around the Eurasian continent (and beyond). We focused primarily on the Christian tradition, in part because it emerged around the same time as the Pax Romana.