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Ancient History

Ancient History is the study of time between the beginning of recorded history to the Early Middle Ages (34th century BCE to 4th century CE). It is the consensus among historians that the oldest discovered articulate system of writing, Cuneiform Script, marks the beginning of recorded history.

It should be noted that different parts of the world adopted the practices of writing and recording history at completely different points in time. Because of this, the lines between prehistory and ancient history are blurred depending on the region in question.
Some famous civilizations from ancient history whose legacies we still see today are Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley Civilizations, ancient Egypt, ancient China, ancient Rome and ancient Greece. These civilizations varied significantly in time, culture, politics and religion but all managed to leave their own marks on our world.

Most ancient civilizations’ cultures and worldviews were dominated by their geographies. Some civilizations were forced to lead isolationist existences because of where they were physically situated. Others relied on their rivers for irrigation and agriculture. The physical situation of ancient Greece called for the adoption of convenient city states. There were even very early civilizations such as Mesopotamia that were able to practice trade with other civilizations.

Modern civilizations owe a huge debt to the empires, civilizations, kingdoms and dynasties that rose, fell and survived through ancient history. If you have ever written, read a history book, done taxes or eaten something from a different country you have experienced the influence of ancient history.

Categories within Ancient History

Understanding the Abrahamic Traditions

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are considered the "Abrahamic" traditions. Why is this term used? What do these three religious traditions have in common?

The Growth of African Civilization

The growth of African civilization was tied closely with slave trade. In ancient times, occupation specialization became important. African slave trade had three features. They were the following: 1. Occupational specialization; mining and trade 2. The growth of slavery within Africa 3. The expansion of the slave

Creation Myths from Different Cultures

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper about two creation myths from the attached readings that address the following. Pick at least two creation myths from two different cultures. For ideas, refer to this week's readings. These should be specific stories such as "Out of the Blue" or "Genesis" from Myth and Knowing, or any of the

Ancient world on Later Societies

Reflect on how the ancient world(Mesopotamia,Greece, and Rome) contributed significant ideas about government, law, religion, and the role of the individual to later societies. Choose five important characteristics from these cultures Use illustrations, such as figures, graphs, maps, or images, to support your essay.

Compare and contrast of early Greek and Roman cultures.

I have to use Microsoft Word table or chart, compare and contrast distinguishing elements or features of early Greek and Roman cultures, including illustrative or significant examples of the various features. Please include elements of culture such as government and geographical terrain, economics and trade practices, art and

The Spartans and Propaganda

Topic: One could argue that much of the image of Sparta to the outside world was carefully cultivated propaganda . Explain how and why the Spartans generated this mythology about themselves.

Approximate Dating for the Life of Jesus

Explain how we have approximated the dates of Jesus' birth and death as well as the length of his ministry. List primary and secondary sources describing his life. Which of these sources is the most important? How important is accurate historical information in providing a foundation for accepting and believing the gospel messag

The Division of the Christian Church

From the dawn of the Christian Church there existed disagreements in theology, ritual, and doctrine. Trace the divisions and reform attempts that pervade the history of the church from 300- 1560 CE (AD.) Why was the history of the Church so divisive? Use at least 2 different primary of your choice to illustrate your stance.

Disintegration of the Roman Empire

With the disintegration of the Roman Empire, the bonds between the West and East began to disintegrate. Why did conflict as opposed to cooperation prevail between the three stepchildren of Rome and between the new powers of Europe? What role did the diverse forms of governmental play in the political and economic interaction thr

Chaucer's Middle Ages England

Fictional accounts of a period, even oneâ??s dripping with satire, help us to better understand the culture of the time. Read â??The Knightâ??s Tale,â? â??The Millerâ??s Tale,â? and â??The Tale of the Wife of Bath,â? in Chaucerâ??s Canterbury Tales. Using Canterbury Tales (as your main source of knowledge

What was the ancient Israelite view on life after death?

Topic: The Ancient Israelite view on life after death. Please add the references you use. As in many cases where ancient history and especially ancient religious history is concerned, there is disagreement among scholars as to how to interpret events. The view of ancient Israelites regarding life after death is no excepti

Greece: Heart of Western Civilization?

Greece has been referred to as the heart of Western Civilization, implying that all Western society stems from the accomplishments of a handful of city states in the Mediterranean. Do you agree with this? Why or why not? Be sure to offer evidence as to the accomplishments or shortcomings of the Greeks in your answer.

Ancient History Questions on Religion

The development of Monotheism in the ancient world took many forms. What were the various experiments in Monotheism? Were these movements related and what impact might they have had on the development of later religions?

I need any kind of help you can give me

Imagine you are a Citizen of Athens and have been asked to address the Athenian council (assembly) on either the growing importance of Alexandria(Egypt) OR the role of Platoâ??s â??Academyâ? in the Hellenistic World. Write a speech that you might give to complete this request. You are free to take any stance you ch

Discuss the decline of the empire and the last Caesars, what were some of the factors that weakened that empire? Please explain. Do you see any of those things happening in your own nation today? Do you think that might be significant?

Discuss the decline of the empire and the last Caesars, what were some of the factors that weakened that empire? Please explain. Do you see any of those things happening in your own nation today? Do you think that might be significant? Of course whole books have been written on this subject so a one page paper, of necessi

Middle Ages, the Dark age in Europe

One of the reasons why historians called the middle ages, the dark age because it ended the great Roman Civilization. During that period the barbarians such as Huns, Goths, and vandals had destroyed the Roman Empire. They had destroyed many of the beautiful artworks and buildings of the Roman Empire. Middle Ages was also a

Early Middle Ages

Write a one-page paper and give details about the importance of Charlemagne to the Middle Ages.

Roman Civilization

What were at least 3 important factors that contributed to the end of the Roman Republic? What did the Republic's government structure contribute to later nations? What were the benefits of the Republican form of government?

Athens vs. Sparta

Discuss the differences between the polis of Athens and Sparta. Which do you think was more effective? What were the weaknesses of both?