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NSW Syllabuses

History K–10 - Stage 4 Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World


A student:

  • HT4-2

    describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past

  • HT4-3

    describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies

  • HT4-6

    uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

  • HT4-9

    uses a range of historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past

  • HT4-10

    selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate about the past

Related Life Skills outcomes: HTLS-2, HTLS-3, HTLS-4, HTLS-5, HTLS-8, HTLS-11, HTLS-12, HTLS-13

  • Students investigate ONE of the following ancient Mediterranean societies in depth, using a range of archaeological and written sources:
  • 2a Egypt
  • OR
  • 2b Greece
  • OR
  • 2c Rome
  • Content

  • The physical features of the ancient society and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there (ACDSEH002, ACDSEH003, ACDSEH004)
  • Students:
  • describe the geographical setting and natural features of the ancient society
  • explain how the geographical setting and natural features influenced the development of the society SE
  • Roles of key groups in the ancient society, including the influence of law and religion (ACDSEH032, ACDSEH035, ACDSEH038)
  • Students:
  • outline how the ancient society was organised and governed including the roles of law and religion CCDD
  • describe the roles of appropriate key groups in the ancient society, eg the ruling elite, the nobility, citizens (Greece and Rome), bureaucracy, women and slaves CCDD
  • describe the everyday life of men, women and children in the ancient society IUDD
  • The significant beliefs, values and practices of the ancient society, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: warfare, or death and funerary customs (ACDSEH033, ACDSEH036, ACDSEH039)
  • Students:
  • explain how the beliefs and values of the ancient society are evident in practices related to at least ONE of the following: DD
  • warfare
  • death and funerary customs
  • Contacts and conflicts within and/or with other societies, resulting in developments such as the conquest of other lands, the expansion of trade and peace treaties (ACDSEH034, ACDSEH037, ACDSEH040)
  • Students:
  • identify contacts and conflicts of peoples within the ancient world
  • describe significant contacts with other societies through trade, warfare and conquest
  • explain the consequences of these contacts with other societies, eg developments in trade, the spread of religious beliefs, the emergence of empires and diplomacy IUCCTCCDD
  • explain the legacy of the chosen ancient society CCT
  • The role of a significant individual in the ancient Mediterranean world such as Hatshepsut, Rameses II, Pericles, Julius Caesar or Augustus (ACDSEH129, ACDSEH130, ACDSEH131)
  • Students:
  • using a range of sources, including digital sources, investigate the role of a significant individual in the ancient Mediterranean world ICTLPSC
  • assess the role and significance of the individual chosen CCTLPSC
  • Suggested Site Studies include:
  • a museum visit
  • a virtual historical site
  • a virtual archaeological site