In the "Ancient Greece and Rome" presentation, Present History begins with the physical geography that affected the developing civilizations. It traces the rise, expansion and decline of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. This world-history presentation includes a look at Greek culture and its spread, Homer, the polis, democracy and oligarchy, the Hellenistic Era, the Roman Confederation and the Pax Romana, Rome's architectural feats, Virgil and Horace, the development and expansion of Christianity, Constantine, the invasion of Rome by the Visigoths, and the Byzantine Empire. Thinking map and focus journals are included. Essential questions for this unit include: What role did physical geography play in the development of early civilizations? What role did these early civilizations play in the development of future civilizations? Find a student note guide on this presentation by searching "Ancient Greece and Rome Notes and Review."