Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, East and West Abstract
* Athens was the center of a new civilization in terms of culture and art.
* The characteristics of the society of the time were a ruling despot with a subjugated population and a priestly organization that engaged in intellectual activities.
Chapter 2, Mind and Spirit Abstract
* Before the Greeks, the greatest civilization was...
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