ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Mesopotamia

The British Museum's Mesopotamis Website:  The map on this website has links to pages that focus on specific areas, such as “Astronomers of Babylon” and “Palaces of Assyria”. There are also links along the left side which lead to pages focused on topics that apply to the region and culture as a whole, such as “Geography” or “Gods, Goddesses, Demons & Monsters”.

University of Chicago’s “Life in Mesopotamia”: This website has links to pages on a wide variety of topics, including “The First Farmers”, “The Invention of Writing”, and “Warfare & Empire”. Each subject page has a brief description, a link to artwork and artifacts related to the topic.

Kush/Nubia

Dongala Reach Expedition: This site was created by an anthropology professor from U. C. Santa Barbara. In addition to a general history of the area, it also contains a description of the archeological work that has taken place there as well as many maps and pictures of artifacts.

BBC “The Story of Africa: The Nile Valley”: This page gives an overview of the history of the Nubian region from pre-historic times to about 350 AD. It also has links to a variety of audio files relating to Kush.

PBS “Black Kingdoms of the Nile”: This page is from a PBS special on ancient Africa. It has some information on Kush, primarily focused on its relationship to Egypt.

Egypt

The British Museum’s Ancient Egypt website: This website has separate sections covering the following topics: Egyptian life, Geography, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaoh, Pyramids, Temples, Time, Trades and Writing. Each section gives a general description of the subject with links to more specific topics, Egypt-themed games and activities.

BBC History’s Ancient Egypt page: This page is hosted by the BBC. Most of the articles have been written by leading Egyptologists, and there are many photographs of Egyptian artifacts mixed in with the text. Following the links on the left side of the page will take you to articles and activities on specific topics, including games in which you build a pyramid or embalm a mummy.

Odyssey Online: Egypt: This website has sections on several different topics, each of which is further subdivided into smaller sections. For example, following the “People” link leads one to a brief description of the Egyptian people, but also gives the option of going to individual pages for various occupations, such “Pharaohs”, “Scribes”, “Farmers” or “Merchants”. One of the nice features of the site is that it offers pronunciation help on certain terms, although the program Quicktime needs to be installed for this feature.

China

The British Museum’s “Ancient China” website: Different pages of this website cover the following topics: “Crafts and Artisans”, “Geography”, “Time”, “Tombs and Ancestors”, and “Writing”. Mixed in with the text are high quality photos of ancient Chinese artifacts from the museum’s collection, as well as activities and games.

Greece

Odyssey Online: Greece: Great site! Hosted by Emory University, it has a very interactive arrangement and fun graphics. Scrolling over various images brings up text descriptions and additional images. There are also a number of hidden “Easter eggs” that make exploring the site fun. For example, holding your mouse over one of the statues in the frame causes it to throw a discus at another statue.

BBC Primary History -- Ancient Greeks: In addition to separate pages on a variety of subjects, this website has games, a timeline of major events and photos of Greek artifacts and artwork.

The British Museum’s Ancient Greece website: Individual pages on this website cover the following subjects: the Acropolis, Athens, Daily Life, Geography, Gods & Goddesses, Knowledge & Learning, Sparta, Time and War. Many pages include games and activities in addition to information.

Rome

BBC Primary History – Romans: This website has pages on a variety of subjects related to ancient Rome, including the Roman Army, Religion, Technology and Leisure. There is also a link to a game called Dig It Up: Romans. It’s a BBC site, so it tends to focus on Roman Britain, but it has a lot of good general information as well.

The Romans: In the First Century: This page is related to a PBS special which focuses on the Roman Empire during the first century A.D., but it contains a lot of good information on Roman history in general.

Odyssey Online: Rome: This website isn’t as impressive as Odyssey Online’s ancient Greece website, but it still contains solid information in an easy-to-navigate arrangement. Subjects covered include “People”, “Mythology”, Daily Life”, “Death & Burial”, “Writing” and “Archeology”.

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Gladiator: This is a web book version of the popular series from the Salariya Book Company. It tells the Roman gladiators’ story through a series of fun animations with scroll-over dialog bubbles.

Meso America (Mayans, Aztecs)

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas: This site has some good information on the early Americas, although the lack of clear organization makes it a little harder to use than some of the other websites listed here. It’s in a “Did You Know” format that presents some interesting and little known facts, but lacks any real systematic structure.

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