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- The last ice age
- Foragers, horse people and pastoral nomads
- Neolithic agriculture and technologies
- Historical hierarchical structures
- Early religious and worship practices
- The great flood
- Population migration
- The effect of rivers on early civilizations
- The origins of cities
- Empire building and tools
- The origins of writing and its impact
1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities
What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.
2. Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics
This lesson will discuss those who practice foraging and pastoralism for survival. We will also define the term 'nomadic' and focus on what it means to be egalitarian.
3. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications
A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?
4. Technologies of the Neolithic Era
In this lesson, we explore some of the technologies invented, innovated, and changed by Neolithic people as well as the way it improved their lives and lessened their workload.
5. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History
This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.
6. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess
What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.
7. The Great Flood and Population Migrations
The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?
8. Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations
This lesson explains why ancient civilizations developed along rivers. In doing this, it highlights the importance of food supplies, flooding, and the process of irrigation.
9. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
10. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation
Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.
11. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation
Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.
12. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?
This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.
13. The Invention of Writing
Writing, the original IT: This lecture covers the limitations and obstacles of aural transmission. It describes the invention of Cuneiform in the fertile crescent. Finally, it explains how writing enabled literate societies to dominate their pre-literate neighbors.
14. The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies
This lecture covers the development of money in response to the needs of complex economies. It begins with a discussion of gift economies. It then examines the factors that led to the growth of commodity economies. Find out how we came to use money, rather than goods, for commerce.
15. How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age
Have you ever wondered exactly how religion developed in the ancient world? Check out this lesson to see how the impact of cities, writing and invasion upon religion, the ascent of the sky father and the descent of the mother goddess contributed to the development of religion.
16. The Knights Templar: History & Symbols
Explore the history, legends, and symbols of the elite warriors from the Crusades called the Knights Templar and test your understanding about medieval Europe, the Crusades, and European folklore.
17. The Maya: History & Overview
The Mayan civilization was one of North and Central America's most vibrant, long-lasting cultures. In this lesson, learn how the Maya lived and what their culture was like.
18. The Mayan Calendar: Prophecies & Predictions
The Maya had a complex perception of time. Learn what calendars the Maya used to express their sense of time and whether these calendars were used as a prophecy to foretell the end of the world.
19. The Mongols: Definition, History & Conquest
Who are the Mongols? In this lesson we will look at the origins of the Mongols, the early life of Genghis Khan, their very first conquests, and examine what made them the most feared warriors of the 13th century.
20. The Nazca: People & Lines
The Nazca were an ancient civilization made famous by their mysterious Nazca lines. But who were the Nazca? What was their culture like? What were their religious beliefs? Read this lesson about the Nazca people to find the answers to these questions and more.
21. Who was Hercules? - Myths & Overview
In this lesson we will learn who Hercules was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, the myths and his legacy. We will look closely at the Twelve Labors of Hercules and how the myths intertwine amongst one another.
22. Aryabhata (Mathematician): History & Biography
This is a short biography on one of the great Indian mathematicians, Aryabhata, accompanied by an explanation and historical context for his accomplishments. Following the lesson is a brief quiz.
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