Topic outline

  • General


    What is Comp. Civ. 12?

    Comparative Civilizations 12 is the study of civilizations around the world, throughout history. It focusses on the study of the interrelationships among civilizations through the study of art, literature, political and social structures, military exploits, and religion. Of particular interest is the effect past civilizations have had on subsequent ones, especially our own.

    Why take Comp. Civ. 12?

    To work towards an awareness and understanding of various civilizations throughout the world and their contributions to humanity and world history. Besides, it's fun!

    Possible topics of study (n.b. Topics in italics are not included in the text). Note that the amount of time spent within each area will vary depending on class interest. Some topics may be explored individually for the purpose of peer-teaching as opposed to teacher-directed.

    Introduction: Defining Civilization. Origins: myths and theories.

    The Rivers civilizations: Mesopotamia (Tigris and Euphrates rivers), Egypt (the Nile), the Indus. (3500 BCE- 395 CE)

    The Mediterranean: Ancient Greece and Rome. (1500 BCE - 450 CE)

    Early Asian civilizations: China and Japan. (4500 BCE - 1185 CE)

    Central and South America: The Maya, Inca and Aztec. (600 BCE- 1572 CE)

    Other civilizations: The Arab Empire; Byzantium; African empires... we can’t cover them all!

  • Topic 1


    Chapters 1 & 2.

    Glossary quiz: Tuesday Sept. 22

    Video questions due Friday Sept 18.

    Absent for notes Sept 17 & 18? See the attachment below.

  • Topic 2

    EGYPT!  TEST is Tuesday October 26.

    Egyptian web-quest...

    Answer key is attached below.

    Wall painting: outline is attached below.

    That was today, Oct. 25. Anyone who did not finish, or who did not bring their poster in, may make up this task at lunch on Tuesday Oct 26. Last chance.

  • Topic 3

    Ancient GREECE!

    From the Minoans to Macedonians, Athens and Sparta, the birth of democracy and the classical ideal... ancient Greek culture still lives.

    Clicker Quiz on chp 7 notes: Thurs Nov 18

    Unit test Monday Nov. 22 (Chp 6 & 7 + Greek notes) 50 mc questions (different eras, SPA, art & architectural characteristics, myths/gods, family/food/roles, governement) & 3 paragraphs

  • Topic 4

    Ancient Rome... the glory and the gore.

    There are several films with this unit, so if you are away, try to make arrangements to see them at lunch. Much of the information is duplicated in your book, but not all... for the really salacious details, you need to see the films.


    • Geography (6) location charateristics, rivers
    • Politics and warfare (15) republic, classes, enemies, Punic wars, empire, Pax Romana...
    • Religion (19)  names of main gods/goddesses + function, ritual, monolithic religions within empire
    • Emperors & others (12) emperors' legacies/character, Virgil, Cicero, Livy, Horace, Spartacus
    • Society, Culture, Contributions (18) latin, citizenship, food, architecture, entertainment, agriculture, art, law, city...
    • Long answer (essay style) (1)  1. Legacy     2. Empire building  3.Cultural exchange
  • Topic 5


    Due on or before the double block day (Jan 25, 8:30 am)

    nb: English 12 government exam is the same time; those of you having to write that exam must still have the project submitted before your exam starts!

    Criteria sheet/outline is attached below.