Chapter 1: Uncovering the Past
We begin our exploration of the ancient world by understanding that the past can help people better understand the present and plan for the future. We depend on historians and archaeologists to utilize a variety of clues in studying and interpreting ancient civilizations.
Chapter 2: The Stone Ages & Early Cultures
In this unit we will learn about our earliest ancestors; how they learned to make tools, hunt, gather food, and create art. We will examine how prehistoric people adapted to new environments and how the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture brought great changes to human society.
Chapter 3: Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
In this unit we will learn about the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent. In particular we will examine how new farming techniques led to the growth of cities and how the achievements of the Sumerians brought great changes to the ancient world.
Chapter 4: Ancient Egypt
In this unit we will study the civilization of the ancient Egyptians. Emphasis will be placed on Egyptian geography, historical periods, and lasting achievements made in writing, architecture, and the arts.
Chapter 5: Ancient India
In this unit we will study ancient India, from the earliest Harappan civilization to the empires of the Mauryas and the Guptas. We will examine two major world religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, studying their origins, beliefs, and practices. In addition we will explore India's cultural legacy in the areas of mathematics, astronomy, architecture, and the arts.
Chapter 6: Ancient China
In this unit we will study the early dynasties of ancient China, examining the dynastic cycle and the pattern of growth and decline seen in China's ruling class. We will examine the Chinese philosophies of Legalism, Confucianism, and Daoism, studying the effects of these points of view on Chinese government and society. In addition we will explore the influence of the Silk Road on China's cultural legacy.
Chapter 8: Ancient Greece
In this unit we will study the civilization of ancient Greece from the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the gods of Greek mythology. Emphasis will be placed on the impact that geography had on the development of Greek civilization in addition to examining the governments of tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy. Finally we will study the culture of Greece, exploring Greek art and literature and their lasting influence on the world today.