History 7-10 / Year 7 / Knowledge and understanding / The ancient world

Curriculum content descriptions

causes and effects of contacts and conflicts within ancient societies and/or with other societies, resulting in developments such as the conquest of other lands, the expansion of trade and peace treaties (AC9HH7K12)

Elaborations
  • Topic: Greece
  • explaining the nature of contact and conflict with other societies, such as the commodities that formed the trade with Egypt, Greek colonisation of the Mediterranean, the Persian Wars, the Battle of Salamis, the empire of Alexander the Great and the reach of Greek culture
  • identifying the short-term triggers of a conflict, such as the Peloponnesian war,456,Topic: Rome
  • explaining the causes of the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire
  • describing the furthest extent of the Roman Empire and the influence of foreign cults on Roman religious beliefs and practices; for example, the Pantheon of Gods (Greece), Isis (Egypt), Mithras (Persia) and Judaism and early Christianity (Palestine)
  • comparing accounts of contact between Rome and Asian societies in the ancient period; for example, the visit of Chinese and Indian envoys to Rome in the time of Augustus, as described by the Roman historian Florus,456,Topic: Egypt
  • analysing the causes and effects of the rise and expansion of the Egyptian Empire
  • explaining the nature of contact and conflict with other societies, such as trade with Cyprus, Crete and Greece, and the Battle of Kadesh in the New Kingdom that concluded with Ramses II’s peace treaty with the Hittites,456,Topic: India
  • analysing the long-term causes of the rise of the Mauryan Empire and the spread of Mauryan philosophies and beliefs
  • examining the extent of Indian contact with other societies such as the Persians under Cyrus, the Macedonians under Alexander; the extensive trade with the Romans and Chinese; the material remains of the Mauryan Empire such as the Pillars of Ashoka and the Barabar Caves; and the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism,456,Topic: China
  • explaining the rise of imperial China; for example, through chariot warfare and the adoption of mass infantry armies, the building of the first phase of the Great Wall of China, military strategies as codified in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

  • describing indirect contact and interactions between the Roman Empire and the Han Dynasty
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Classical antiquity,  Religion,  Conflict (Human relations),  Chinese history,  Egyptian history,  Indian history,  Lifestyles,  Beliefs,  Funerals

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