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Ancient History

In the 19th century and the early part of the 20th -century, archaeologists began unearthing evidence of many ancient civilizations across the planet ... Civilizations that left behind remarkable ruins. Because they were ancient, they were often viewed as primitive ... And because the writers of history and archeology came from countries embroiled in war, these early civilizations were most often interpreted almost exclusively in terms of war, invasion and conquest. Now, in the new series Ancient History, you will see these civilizations in a new light and appreciate their accomplishments afresh. Shot in stunning High Definition! Hosted by Globe Trekker's Zay Harding.
  • Title ID 8-AH
  • History, Ancient History, World History, American Indian Studies, Anthropology
  • 11 Programs
  • 22 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2008 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

The Greek City-State and DemocracyRunning time is 28 minutes

Greek History and Greek civilization, including the Greek City-State, Democracy, the Parthenon and Athens, are examined in this program on Ancient Greece.

Chapter List
The Greek City-State
Greece, home to city states like Corinth and Sparta, gave the world the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Athens, named for Athena, was home to Pericles, Athenian democracy, the Parthenon, the Erechteion, the Acropolis, Socrates, and Plato who recorded the Socratic dialogue.

Greek AccomplishmentsRunning time is 28 minutes

Greek History and Greek civilization are examined in this program on Ancient Greece,

Chapter List
Greek Accomplishments
Athens, in ancient Greece, was home to Greece's golden age, which happened between the Persian Wars.
Greek Architecture
The Greek columns - Ionic, Doric and Corinthian - were used in Greek Architecture and can be seen in Greek Temples.
Greek Art
Black figure pottery and red figured pottery were distinctive forms of Greek Art.
Greek Theatre
Greek Theatre, performed at the Theater of Dionysus, showed the tragedies and comedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
Greek Literature
Greek literature began with Homer and his epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, about Odysseus, and also included great writers such as Hesiod, Sappho, Herodotus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
Greek Science
Aristotle, Theophrastus, Euclid, Pythagoras, Democritus, Aristarchus and Ptolemy were the greatest of the Greek scientists.

Ancient Pueblo People: The AnasaziRunning time is 28 minutes

The Ancient Civilization of the Ancient Pueblo People, forerunners of the Pueblo people, is examined in this ancient history program.

Chapter List
Anasazi Home Land
The Ancient Pueblo People lived on the Colorado plateau.
Maize Cultures
Pueblo people the Four Corners Region lived on corn, or maize, and built in cliff dwellings and, kivas, at Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.
Anatomy of a Pueblo
Pueblos were built at Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.
Social Organization
The maize culture and shamans were important to Pueblo Indians.
Anasazi Accomplishments
The Pueblo people, who were famous for rock art and Anasazi pottery as well as the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, later became known as the Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi.

Ancient Britain: Stonehenge to Celtic Iron Age Hill FortsRunning time is 30 minutes

The History of Britain, including Celts, Iron Age Britain, Britannia, Stonehenge, Neolithic Britain, Britain's Bronze Age and Britain's Iron Age, are included in this program on Ancient Britain.

Chapter List
Geography and Climate
British Isles, separated from Europe by the English Channel, provided a peaceful pace for ancient Britons to live in.
Megalith Builders
Stonehenge, Silbury Hill and Avebury are examples of Britain's Neolithic henges.
The Bronze Age
Britain's Bronze Age was concurrent with Europe's Bronze Age.
The Iron Age
In the Britain Iron Age, during the Iron Age, firedogs were made for Celtic society, while Romans wiped out the Druids.
Art in Iron Age Britain
In Iron Age Britain, Celts were goldsmiths and silversmiths, while King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table became the dominant mythology.

The IncasRunning time is 29 minutes

The Ancient Civilization of the Inca is examined in this ancient history program.

Chapter List
Inca Homeland
Cuzco in the Urubamba River Valley, Peru was the ancient home of the Inca, who would build spectacular monuments like Machu Picchu and develop the staple crop potatoes.
Rise of the Inca Empire
Cuzco, Andes Lake, Titicaca, Manco Capac, Pachacuti, Sacsayhuaman, Topa Inca, Inca Empire
Inca Social and Economic Organization
Inca geography was vast from end of South America to the other, and messages to rule the Inca Empire were recorded on quipu.
The prestige of the Inca state cab be seen in its Inca art, Inca textiles and building such as Sacsayhuaman and Pisac.
Machu Picchu
Machu Piccu, started by Pachacuti contains the scared rock, Intuitana.

America's Prehistoric Civilizations: The Mound BuildersRunning time is 29 minutes

The Ancient Civilization of the Mound Builders, including Poverty Point, Louisiana, is examined in this ancient history program.

Chapter List
Early Native Americans
Paleo Indians includes the Clovis culture.
Poverty Point
Hunter-Gatherers in America built the only ancient city in the ancient world.
Woodland Indian Mound Builders
Woodland Period of American Indians saw the building of the Effigy Mounds and the rise of the Red Ocher people.
The Mississippi Mound Builders
Mississippi Mound Builders of the Mississippian Culture built Aztalan, Cahokia, Great Etowah Mounds and giant earthworks.

The MayaRunning time is 42 minutes

In this series on Ancient Civilization and Ancient History, the Maya Empire of the Yucatan Peninsula is discussed, with emphasis on cities like Tulum and on Maya Architecture.

Chapter List
Homeland and Geography
The Rain Forest and its fauna, such as the Morelets crocodile and the American alligator, are discussed in this chapter of The Maya.
Network of City-states
City-states, Mayan history, the Maya city-states, Mayan pyramids, Chichen Itza, and the idea of the Chac-Mool are discussed in this chapter of Mayan City States.
Culture - Ceremonial Warfare
Mayan culture and Mayan ceremonial warfare, including their idea of ritualistic bloodletting, are discussed in this chapter of the Maya.
Environmental Agriculturalists
Environmental Mayan Agriculture and the rainforest, as well as Mayan culture and the cyclical nature of time are discussed in this chapter of the Maya, who earned the title of forest gardeners.
Art and Architecture - Grand Architecture of Their Ceremonial Centers
Mayan Art, Mayan Architecture, including corbel vaults, Maya city-states, the Yucatan peninsula, and Uxmal are discussed in this chapter of Mayan Art and architecture.
Mathematics, Astronomy and Writing
Mayan Mathematics, which had the concept of zero, Mayan Astgronomy, and Mayan Writing, are discussed in this chapter of the Maya.

Ancient Rome: Reexamined - The Rise of the Roman RepublicRunning time is 29 minutes

Roman History, Roman Civilization are examined in this program on Ancient Rome.

Chapter List
The Rise of the Roman Republic
The Roman city-state was the center of the Roman Republic, which included the Roman Forum as the political gathering place for the Republic.
Origin and Homeland of Rome
Rome, founded on the Tiber River on the Italian peninsula, was said to be founded by Romulus and Remus.
Roman Society
Roman Society among Romans was governed buy the client patron system.
Governing the Republic
Rome's City State was founded on the Palatine, and its republic form of government included Consuls and the Roman Senate.
The Aqueducts and Roads
Many of the Rome's accomplishments, such as the aqueducts and Roman Roads like the Via Appia, were built by Appius Claudius Caecus.
Latin is the Roman language.

Ancient Rome: Reexamined - Military Triumphs and the Death of the Roman RepublicRunning time is 29 minutes

Roman History, Roman Civilization are examined in this program on Ancient Rome.

Chapter List
Military Triumphs and the Death of the Roman Republic
The Roman Republic, a self-governing republic, was founded on the Tiber River on the Italian peninsula.
The Military and War
Roman legions, the backbone of the Roman military and the success behind the Roman Wars with Carthage, was the place where men such as Julius Caesar, could gain prestige to become consuls and Senators.
Julius Caesar and the Collapse of the Roman Republic
Spartacus, Caesar, Sulla, Mary Antony, Brutus, Cleopatra and Pompey, were all historical characters responsible for the fall of the Republic and the rise of Roman Emperors.
Greek Influence on Rome
Roman art was influenced by Greece at first before reaching its own heights.
Greek Gods
Roman Gods included Jupiter, Mars and Juno.
Free Speech and Public Debate
The heart of the Roman Republic was the Roman Forum where Senators like Cicero could address the Republic and its citizens.

Ancient Rome: Reexamined - The Rise and Fall of the Roman RepublicRunning time is 29 minutes

Roman History, Roman Civilization are examined in this program on Ancient Rome.

Chapter List
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
Imperial Rome was begun by Augustus who ruled from Rome, the center of the Roman Empire.
Augustus and the Making of the Empire
Augustus, the first Roman citizen, improved the lives of Roman soldiers.
Julio-Claudian Dynasty
Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius were followed by the Flavian Dynasty.
The Golden Age of Imperial Rome
Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius were Roman Emperors.
Christianity in the Roman Empire
Christianity was based on the teachings of Christ, but it was Sol of Tarsus who spread the teachings of Jesus through the Roman Empire.
Constantine and Institutionalization of Christianity
Under Constantine, the Institutionalization of Christianity spread through the Empire, while, Christianity was based on the Roman concept of meritocracy.

The Splendor of Imperial RomeRunning time is 29 minutes

Roman History, Roman Civilization are examined in this program on Ancient Rome.

Chapter List
The Splendor of Imperial Rome
The Roman Republic had developed the greatest City-state in the ancient world with many monuments throughout the city, while through its Roman Legions it controlled the Mediterranean.
The Forums
The Roman Forum was the heart of Rome.
The Coliseum
Roman Coliseum was an arena where gladiators fought.
Circus Maximus and the Palatine
The Palatine overlooked the Circus Maximus where Chariot races were held.
The Pantheon
The Pantheon was a beautiful example of Roman architecture and engineering.
The most famous of the Roman Baths were the baths of Caracalla.
Roman Walls
The mausoleum of Hadrian and the Pyramid of Cestius are examples of Roman architecture.
Roman Mosaics and Sculpture
Roman Mosaics and Roman Sculptures were used in Roman architecture.
Rome's Lasting Accomplishments
Rome's greatest accomplishments were the Roman arch, the world's first governing constitution, the institutionalization of Christianity, creation of a meritocracy, and the boundaries of modern Europe..

Supplemental Files

Anasazi- Blackine Master Quiz
Anasazi- Teachers Guide
Anasazi- Timeline
Ancient Britian - Blackline Master Quiz
Ancient Britian - Teachers Guide
Ancient Britian - Timeline
Ancient Greek Democracy - Blackline Master Quiz
Ancient Greek Democracy - Teachers Guide
Ancient Greeks- Timeline
Greek Accomplishments- Blackline Master Quiz
Greek Accomplishments- Educators Guide
Greek Accomplishments- Timeline
List of Famous Ancient Greeks
MARC Records for AH
MARC records for the series Ancient History
Mound Builders Timeline
Mound Builders- Blackline Master Quiz
Mound Builders- Teachers Guide
Pantheon of Greek Gods
Pantheon of Greeks
The Incas - Educators Guide
The Incas- Blackline Master Quiz
The Incas- Timeline


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