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Course Description


Studying ancient civilizations is one of the most fascinating areas of all human history for the precise reason that it is human history. As we learn more about those who have come before us, we understand more about ourselves in this modern age and how we have come to be. From empires to city-states, the historical civilizations from around the world have each made a contribution to the development of mankind.

When we think of the major innovations that have propelled society forward: writing, the wheel, fire, brass, bronze, iron, electricity, indoor plumbing, and so forth, it is important to remember that each of these was a significant technological  innovation, discovered hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Likewise, the indelible influence of certain ancient civilizations on modern aesthetics, ethics, religion, politics, and conventions can also be felt today.

This course will provide a general introduction to several of the most prominent ancient civilizations from across the globe, introducing the student to the most salient features of each and examining its major influences on those who came later on. To paraphrase the late philosopher, George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". So as it is with any historical study--what we can learn from earlier men and women can benefit us today.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Ancients for Moderns

Lesson 2: Sumer and the Mesopotamian Civilizations

Lesson 3: Ancient Egypt, Part I

Lesson 4: Ancient Egypt, Part II

Lesson 5: Phoenicia and Minoa

Lesson 6: Israelites

Lesson 7: Media and Persia - Peoples of Ancient Iran

Lesson 8: Ancient Greece, Part I

Lesson 9: Ancient Greece, Part II

Lesson 10: Ancient Greece, Part III

Lesson 11: Rome, Part I - Long Live the Republic!

Lesson 12: Rome, Part II - The Punic Wars and the End of the Republic

Lesson 13: Rome, Part III - The Roman Empire and Its Legacy

Lesson 14: Rome, Part IV - The Legacy of Rome

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the background of studying the ancients for modern people.
  • Know Sumer and the Mesopotamian Civilizations.
  • Describe Ancient Egypt and their civilization.
  • Know Phoenicia and Minoa.
  • Describe Israelites in regards to ancient civilizations.
  • Identify Media and Persia - Peoples of Ancient Iran.
  • Know Ancient Greece civilizations.
  • Know Rome and Roman ancient civilizations.
  • Describe The Roman Empire and Its Legacy, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment10
Lesson 1 Exam9
What Made The Sumerians Truly Unique?40
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment15
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment50
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment15
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment15
Lesson 7 Exam9
Lesson 8 Assignment15
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment15
Lesson 9 Exam7
Lesson 10 Assignment15
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment15
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment15
Lesson 12 Exam9
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Assignment15
Lesson 14 Exam10
The Final Exam61
Total Points:508

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