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Unit 1: Redefining World Society and Culture

Lesson C: Rise and Fall of the Classical and Medieval World

Key Terms

Key Term Definition
Classical Period in Greece and Rome, the time period roughly between 1000 BCE and the fall of Rome around 500 CE
empire a political unit often made up of a number of territories or countries ruled by a single supreme authority
Medieval Period in European history, the time period that followed the fall of the Roman Empire, lasting from about 500 CE to 1500 CE, sometimes called the Middle Ages
primary source materials created in the past by people living at the time, including photographs, paintings, documents, advertisements, music, film, and objects
secondary source writings by historians and others who use available sources to interpret the past; provide analysis and summary, placing events, people, and evidence in historical context and asking questions about their meaning and significance


Directions: Practice using these key terms.


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