The Mayan Empire(Classical Period)The Mayan Empire was in Central America. They were brilliant mathematicians and astronomers. They created a very accurate solar calendar and they also had an astronomy tower, which they used to view the celestial sphere. I chose the Mayas because I'm impressed with their math and astronomy skills. They had a very advanced civilization.
Constantine The GreatConstantine was the first Christian Roman Emperor. He created a policy of religious tolerance in February 313. If it wasn't for him Christians would have still been persecuted by the Romans. He was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. I chose Constantine the Great because his reign was a turning point for Christianity in Europe.
The Fall of the Roman EmpireThe Fall of the Roman Empire was a significant event in history because it led to what was known as the "Dark Ages". It signaled an end of progress in most of Europe. When the Roman Empire began to decline it was the beginning of the end of any freedom in Europe for a long time. After the end of the Empire, the Church eventually gained a lot of power and became a strong force that was above everyone including the king. I chose this event because I felt that it is an important part of history.
MuhammadMuhammad is the founder of Islam, which is currently the second largest religion in the world. Islam has over one billion followers. He was born in the city of Mecca, which is in present day Saudi Arabia. He was a merchant, philosopher, diplomat, reformer and a military general. I chose him because he is the founder of Islam, which is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.
Jan 1, 750
Islamic Scholars Translate Classical GreekIslamic scholars translated many classical Greek texts during The Islamic Golden Age. They were brilliant people and if it wasn't for them we might not know as much as we do about classical Greek culture. This is why I chose the Islamic scholars.
Jan 1, 1095
The CrusadesThe Crusades were a series of holy wars that were fought between Christians and Muslims. The Christians were fighting the Muslims for Jerusalem, which is the "Holy Land". The Christians wanted the area back because it was their holy city. It's like Mecca for the Muslims. I chose the Crusades because I found it very interesting and thought that it was an important part of history.
Apr 15, 1452
Leonardo Da VinciLeonardo Da Vinci was a phenomenal artist, scientist and inventor. He was a true “Renaissance man”. He painted the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" which are two of the world's most famous paintings. I chose him because I think that he contributed a lot to art and that he deserves to be recognized for it.
Feb 18, 1546
Martin LutherMartin Luther was a German priest who founded the Lutheran Church. He wrote the 95 Theses which challenged the Catholic Church and tried to bring about reform. Martin Luther helped to show the people that didn't have to listen to the Church. He told them to interpret the Bible for themselves and that they could be their own priests. He thought that faith alone could get you into heaven. I chose him because he spoke for what he believed in and did what he thought was right.
A.D. EventsThe 8 most important AD events and people that we studied in Global History class this year.