World History Homework One Answers - Student Eight
1.What do you hope to accomplish with this course? I hope to understand how culture and religion evolved over time and if we still today act and think the same way as our ancestors did years ago. I also would like to expand my knowledge on how the form of art and writing has always been a way for man to express himself.
- Well done!
2. Look at the estimated dates in the three tables. Pick any one that you dispute, or are most interested in, and discuss it briefly. It is said that around 3300 B.C. the Great Flood occurred. What fascinates me is that it was just approximately 400 years after Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden that man became so evil that God caused a Great Flood. God planned to kill all the evil people in the world so that they might not contaminate the good and so that the human race would have another chance to start again. In just 400 to 500 years the human race became too evil to obtain God’s mercy. It shows how men will tend to become lazy and forget about God and only do things that would benefit themselves. I would think that after Adam and Eve were deprived of all the joys of the Garden of Eden, they would have been very scared that God may punish them even more and they would warn their descendants of the power of God.
- Superb insights. Human nature can decline awfully quickly! It took the Nazis only about ten years to become the monster that perpetrated the Holocaust in the early 1940s.
3. Write about any aspect of Hammurabi's Code, such as its similarity or differences with the Ten Commandments, or its role in making the society (which society was it?) a success. Hammurabi’s Code is very similar to the Ten Commandments since it teaches that whatever you do to someone, the same thing will be done to you, which is related to the Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you want them to do to you.” Hammurabi’s Code was fair and it made you think twice before you did anything. I think the code helped make the society more safe and just for everyone. It was important that the rule be strict because if it was lenient no one would care to obey it and the society would become chaotic.
4. List the major ancient empires from the lecture in approximate chronological order, and identify which one you like best, and why. Assyrian Empire, Chaldean Empire, and Persian Empire are the major ancient empires in chronological order. The Chaldean Empire was formed after the Chaldeans defeated the Assyrians in 612 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar helped direct the Chaldeans to build a powerful and wealthy nation, but, after he died in 539 B.C., they were conquered by the Persians soon thereafter. It interested me that, continually at that time in history, when a successful king or ruler died his empire would be captured by a neighboring kingdom.
- Superb point about how kings rarely have strong successors lined up to replace them. Perhaps the kings mistakenly think they are like God?
5. Current Events Question: What controversy today can be traced back in origin to something in this week's lecture, such as current Middle East conflicts? The controversy between the Islamic and the Jewish cultures originates from the two sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Abraham had Ishmael with one of his wife’s slave-girls since his wife, Sarah, was not believed to be able to have a child. Later on Isaac had another son with Sarah, who was believed to be his half-sister, named Isaac. When Sarah gave birth to Isaac, Abraham banished Ishmael and his mother into the desert where they miraculously lived with God’s protection. I think there might have been a conflict as to which son should get the inheritance. The Islamic and Jewish cultures probably greatly despise each other since Abraham had treated his first-born and his mother in such a disrespectful way, and had given all his inheritance to his second son instead of Ishmael.
- Very thorough explanation!
6. Describe the three kingdoms of ancient Egypt, and mention what you like most about the culture or achievements of ancient Egypt. Old Kingdom: The dynasty that lasted between 2700 B.C. TO 2200B.C. In this time period the Egyptians built many significant structures including the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Middle Kingdom: a period that lasted from 2100-1800 B.C. in which the Egyptians created a new form of government which did not give the pharaoh absolute power. New Kingdom: The dynasty that lasted from 1570-1080 B.C. In the beginning of this period of time the Egyptians were very successful in conquering many other territories, but, towards the end, Ancient Egypt began to fall apart and it soon was invaded and captured.
I am fascinated by the pyramids that the brilliant Egyptian architects constructed without the wheel. What also interested me was that women were not considered lowly or unintelligent and that they could own land or a business. I think it helped that there were some women pharaohs at that time to prove that women are also great thinkers and can be wonderful rulers.
- Superb answer! Will use as a model!
- Excellent start: 60/60. Perfect!--Andy Schlafly 21:53, 8 February 2009 (EST)