Thursday, February 17, 2011

POST 10 - Write an entry describing why Cyrus/Darius or Zoroaster was the most influential Persian leader. Explain your choice clearly.

During the time of the Persian Empire, the most influential leader to my was Cyrus the Great. Besides the fact that he he had "The Great" along with his name, he did much to improve life at this time. He was the one who founded the Persian Empire itself. After he took over this empire Cyrus set out to conquere other lands, such as the wealthy kingdom of Lydia. He also took over cities such as Ionia, and Babylon. Cyrus was the most influential leader at this time not only because he was able to take over other lands to obtain people, he let his people keep their customs, which was something other leaders did not do at this time. Cyrus also freed Jews form slavery and allowed them to return to Jerusalem.

POST 9 - Please use or power point to answer Q4 on Page 49. Feel free to add pictures from the web to the document. Books are in the room!

Friday, February 11, 2011

POST 8 - Use pages 12-44. Design and award the Most Important _______________ (person, empire, invention, idea, etc) of the early Fertile Crescent Empires.

POST 7 - Write your own code in the style of Hammurabi for Northern HS. Must include at least 12 laws.

1 - He who cheats gets his papers shredded
2 - He who steals has his lunch stolen
3 - He who bullies shall be punched in the face multiple times
4 - Noone shall sit next to or in the near proximity of anyone with the name Lance
5 - Every day late for an assignment is 1 finger lost
6 - Anyone shorter than 5'5" (haff..) shall not be admitted into school
7 - If one dont buy your lunch with pennies your highschool career will be terminated
8 - If anyone asks you a question you deem as stupid, you are within your legal right to drop-kick them in the chest
9 - If you are caught running in the halls, your legs will be bound together
10 - If one talk about someone behind their back, your back will be five starred
11 - If one drop anything onto the floor, and do not pick it up, you will lick the floor for 30 minutes
12 - If one disrespect another student, you will walk around school for the next week in a banana costume
13 - If one punch another student your wrists will be bound together
14 - If one is obnoxiously showing public displays of affection, their lips will be sown shut
15 - If one forgets to push in their chair, they will be hit with said chair


Thursday, February 10, 2011

POST 6 - Please find and link to a full text of Hammurabi's code. In your post name 5 of his laws that you think we should enact today and explain why.

Hammurabi's Code (All 282 of them..)

162 - If a man marry a woman, and she bear sons to him; if then this woman die, then shall her father have no claim on her dowry; this belongs to her sons.
If something like this was enacted in today's society we wouldn't have to worry about spouses killing one another for their own personal gain.

14 - If any one steal the minor son of another, he shall be put to death.
Prevents Child kidnapping

56 - If a man let in the water, and the water overflow the plantation of his neighbor, he shall pay ten gur of corn for every ten gan of land.
This law would help pay for intentional property damage.

128 - If a man take a woman to wife, but have no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him
I just think this would be a funny law.. So I picked it..

196 -   If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out. [ An eye for an eye ]
Eye for an eye is the bet way to go about things, none of this "it leaves the world blind" shenanigans

POST 5 - Write back to the travel agent as a Sumerian explaining why the Fertile Crescent was the ideal place to set up city-states

Dear Travel Agent,

We appreciate your offer, and would love to come visit this new land you talk about, but after talking it over with some of my people, we have decided that it is better for us to stay where we are. We have begun our very own civilization and we have even developed money, and trade routes. The rivers in our location flood annually allowing us to keep the land fertile and grow many crops. We are sorry to say that we will not be visiting and staying in our location. What we have is great and we don't want to sacrifice it.

POST 4- Pretend you are a travel agent and write a letter(one paragraph) to the Sumerians identifying another river valley the could have settled in instead of Mesopotamia. The best posts will include a map or picture of the suggested region.

Dear Sumerians,

I come to you with a new location proposal! Yes the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are a great and convinent location, but I have stumbled upon something that would better suit your needs. Not only is this land fertile for you to grow your crops and trade with neighboring nations, there is a wide span of wildlife that would allow for you to hunt as well. This land is called the Indus and Ganges River Valley. Not only is the land very vast, it is conveniently located just south east of your location! Come out and visit! The many Civilizations already formed are waiting for you.

POST 3 - Please create/find a useful timeline of the Fertile Crescent from 4000bc - 500bc - please focus on inventions and leadership changes. This maybe done on time toast and linked to this post.


POST 2 - Please follow the link to this site. Please take quiz 3,4, and 5. As you take them please make a list of 15 important facts

1. The Sumerians may have invented the Arch
2. Ziggaurauts looked like wedding cakes..
3. Sumerians base calendar off the moon
4. Upper-class Sumerian boys who showed intelligence and skill in school were trained to be scribes
5. Sumerian farmers focuses mainly on trading crops
6. Sumerians believed many gods existed, they believed in polytheism
7. Assyrians had first soldiers on horseback
8. Sargon was the most powerful Akkadian King
9. Zoroaster was a persian prophet and teacher who developed an influenctial religious philosophy
10. Hittites were some of the first people to smelt iron
11. Cyrus the Great was the Persian king or capture Babylonian
12. Lydian traders developed their own money economy
13. They were also the first people to use coin money
14. Shellfish called merix made purple die
15.The present-day regions of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria were once called Phoenicia

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Post 1 - Introduction

I'm Nick, I'm interested in sleeping, going to school, working, playing sports and video games. When I'm not in school I'm either at my job or hopefully playing hockey or lacrosse. What makes me unique is that I always try to turn things into a joke so people can have a good time. This gets me in trouble (most of the time), but it is what it is. If your wondering why I am typing this, it is because it is part of a class I am currently taking my senior year of high school called Western Civilization. I took this class because the guidance office wouldn't give me a second study hall, and I didn't want to take creative writing to be completely honest. The thing that interests me most about these Western Civilizations is wondering where they went, how strong they might have been, and what could have wiped them out. Id like to learn about these concepts while at the same time becoming more experienced with a computer, as well getting a good grade.