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Autumn 2007 - History 105 - Western Civilization I

My first college class at MSU

Professor Dede Taylor
Professor Dede Taylor skillfully taught Western
Civilization I at MSU Bozeman for the fall, 2007 semester.
E-mail Professor Taylor by clicking on the underlined text.

My Western Civilization I class was brilliantly taught by Professor Dede Taylor. We started with Neolithic walled towns in August, followed the rise of Mediterranean peoples in September and October, and in November we learned about the Roman Republic and later Empire. Along the way I not only absorbed fascinating details of ancient civilizations but also learned how to precisely calculate the circumference of the earth by measuring the angle of the suns rays at two different points.

Click on the underlined text to learn how the ancient Greeks determined the circumference of the earth almost 2,000 years before Columbus accidentally discovered The New World.

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A large and friendly class

Western Civilization Class
Almost 160 students were in my Western
Civilization I class.
Class conversations
Many of us made new friends
and we all learned from each other.
Note Writing
Serious note writing lead
to good grades for almost everyone.
Professor Taylor
Professor Taylor answered our questions
after class, during office hours and by Email.
Interesting lectures drew from
primary sources and our textbooks.
Sweet Sorrow
Class is over for the semester;
parting was such sweet sorrow.

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