5 Themes of Geography Made Easy! Definitions - Examples - Infographic

Geography is the study of Earth.  That's a big subject.  It's almost too big to even think about.  Never fear!  The 5 Themes of Geography are here to help us with that problem!

What are the 5 Themes of Geography?

I’m glad you asked! Let’s start off with some definitions.

Don't worry about writing it all down.  I've put an infographic below that ties it all together for you along with some examples of how the 5 Themes apply to a very familiar place, New York City.  Later, I will discuss some examples of how to apply the themes to a study of ancient civilizations as well.

Ancient Roman Food : Brain pudding, anyone?

For us food is more than just fuel for the body.  We center many of our social events around food.  We time our days around our meals.  Some people make food their whole life by becoming chefs, restaurant owners, food critics, and gourmets.  Food was an important part of daily life in Ancient Rome too, and similar to our culture, the food consumed was different depending on what each individual or family could afford.

Early Roman Government and the Pater Familias

The early Roman government was a monarchy with a hint of democracy, and it had its roots in a very important idea of Roman family culture - the pater familias.  The pater familias -- Latin for family father  -- was the basic structure of the Roman family and society, and it became the basic structure of the Roman government in its different forms from the earliest days of Roman kings, through the republic, and all the way to the Roman Empire and beyond.  For now though, let's focus on the pater familias and the early government of Rome.

Where did democracy begin?

The textbook answer to the question, "Where did democracy begin?" is that it began in Athens in Ancient Greece.   I think there is a lot more to it than that, but let's look at Greek democracy (and compare it to ours) first.

Roles of Men and Women in Ancient Greece

The roles of men and women in Ancient Greek society differed depending on city-state, social class, and situation. Male dominance over women was the norm, though.

The Ancient Greek attitude of male dominance and negativity toward women goes all the way back to the writings of Homer and to the Greek myths.