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The Time Compass: Classical Greece

19 minutes 38 seconds

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The military might of Greek city-states is discussed in reference to the action in the Iliad and the Odyssey and in a section on the lives of Spartan warriors. Students learn of the gods and goddesses of Olympus, the city-states that came together for the Olympic Games, and the amazing military and cultural achievement of Alexander the Great. Above all, students gain an understanding of how Greek morality, Greek ideals of beauty, and the habit of answering philosophical questions with logic and reason, have had a permanent effect on Western culture.

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Runtime: 19 minutes 38 seconds

Digital illustration of ancient artifacts from the Shang dynasty including a stone dragon and oracle bone script with early Chinese calligraphy. Caption. Because the rulers were all from the same family.
The Time Compass
Episode 1
19 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Simple map with brown edges is labeled, "Dinastía Qin." Spanish caption. Qin Shi Huang se proclamó emperador.
The Time Compass
Episode 2
17 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Digital illustration of diverse people exchanging goods for money in a crowded square. Caption. That it formed a new base of power for the Roman Empire.
The Time Compass
Episode 3
19 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Color illustration of a faded battle scene with an arc of gold objects passing through it. Spanish caption. Estas tremendas guerras que comenzaron en el año 1096.
The Time Compass
Episode 4
15 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Color illustration of ancient Egyptian people standing in a garden with water running through it. Text on image reads, "Irrigation system. Shaduf." Caption. Which let them grow more crops.
The Time Compass
Episode 5
19 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Color illustration of fish swimming in water next to a green platform with water running through it. Text on image reads, "Sistema de riego. Shaduf." Spanish caption. Narrador. Los egipcios necesitaron mucho ingenio.
The Time Compass
Episode 6
16 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Computer model of the city of Caral. The Incan city is tiered with a stairway connecting from the amphitheater at the bottom to a grouping of walled structures at the top. Next to this, an animated alpaca and sign that reads, "Caral year 3,000 B, C."
The Time Compass
Episode 7
18 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Digital map of South America with Chile highlighted in a light color. Labeled countries along Chile's Eastern border from top to bottom include, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Spanish caption. Hasta el norte de Argentina y centro de Chile.
The Time Compass
Episode 8
14 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Animation of a woman wearing a white sheer dress dancing on a stage for a man wearing a green tunic and gold headband seated behind a small wood desk. Caption. It seems that Paris, a Trojan prince.
The Time Compass
Episode 9
19 minutes 38 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Computer rendering of a few Greek statues and artifacts made to look like they have been placed on display on top of a grassy field. Spanish caption. Los griegos se hicieron esa misma pregunta.
The Time Compass
Episode 10
16 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8

Viewer Comments

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    Lisa F. (Mesquite, TX)
    January 27th, 2021 at 09:51 AM

    Time Compass series ARE THE BEST supplement for my world history class (Deaf Ed). Thank you!

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    Christi B. (Brecksville, OH)
    April 8th, 2020 at 08:41 AM

    This video is a quick cartoon-like intro to Greece. I used it with a small group of fourth graders to introduce a unit on ancient Greece. They loved it!

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    Lisa B. (Worcester, MA)
    March 20th, 2019 at 09:42 AM

    Very good supplemental information for students studying ancient Greece.

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    christine f. (Naples, FL)
    October 21st, 2018 at 06:39 PM

    Excellent resource for all learners, especially helpful for ELL/ESE students.

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    Laura S. (Raeford, NC)
    May 31st, 2017 at 07:32 AM

    Amazing series! Students love them, and they really help wrap up a unit of study.