1. What do you hope to accomplish with this course?
I hope to gain a better understanding of the world and how it has progressed and changed. As I learned from American History, looking at the past puts things into perspective. I am excited to study how God has worked in our world and try to imagine what He is going to do in it in the days to come.
- Fantastic answer.
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. The time period that intrigues me is 400 B.C. to the beginning of Anno Domini (the year of our Lord). I would love to know what was going on in the America’s during this time. The world was probably about 4000 years old by this point in history. It is inevitable that someone inhabited the Americas at this time but we do not know who.
- I think you meant "4 B.C.", not "400 B.C."! Good answer otherwise.
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 was a very simple, down-to-earth form of government. Jesus actually takes this concept one step further in the New Testament. In Matthew 7: 12 Jesus says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Hammurabi’s Code stated that people would pay for their crimes by having their crimes done to them; an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Jesus says that we need to do to others what we would have them do to us, and if we follow these principles our society will be a success.
- Excellent! May use as a model answer.
4. List the major ancient empires from the lecture in approximate chronological order, and identify which one you like best, and why. The Assyrian Empire, the Chaldean Empire and the Persian Empire. I find the Chaldean Empire the most interesting. It was during this empire that Daniel lived.
- Good, and thanks for your superb insight about Daniel.
5. H2. Do you see a key role for language or religion in determining the rise and fall of ancient empires in this week's lecture? Give at least one example. Language is a very key aspect of an empire. If an empire does not have a distinguished language laid out, it is impossible for that empire to last. This is what happened in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Empire was very strong. It lasted from about 3000 B.C. until it was finally conquered by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. But the Egyptians did not have a very strong written language. They used hieroglyphics as their only form of written communication. This was eventually what led to the down fall of the empire.
- Superb answer!
6. Describe the three kingdoms of ancient Egypt, and mention what you like most about the culture or achievements of ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt was a very fascinating culture. The first era of this great empire was the Old Kingdom. This kingdom is known for prosperity and freedom from foreign invasions. The next kingdom was the Middle Kingdom. During this kingdom the Egyptian religion expanded beyond just the kings and nobles. Ordinary people also started embracing religion. The last kingdom of Ancient Egypt was the New Kingdom. This was a kingdom of great expansion. Geographically the Egyptians obtained more land, and also the pharaohs constructed large buildings and massive cities. I personally think that Old Kingdom is the most intriguing. I like how the Egyptians really defined who they would be during the Old Kingdom.
- Terrific, but you might add some dates for the periods.
- Great start! 60/60. Well done!--Andy Schlafly 20:39, 8 February 2009 (EST)