Ch 7: Ancient Civilizations in Asia & Africa

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This chapter provides an overview of ancient civilizations in Asia and Africa. Learn about the important cultural and historic events that occurred throughout this period of history.

Ancient Civilizations in Asia & Africa - Chapter Summary

You can study classic ancient civilizations in Asia and Africa throughout this chapter. Information about the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, Egyptian pharaohs, and civilizations south of the Sahara will be covered. You'll also be able to increase what you know about ancient India. After reading through these lessons, you should feel confident in your ability to:

  • Recall facts about the Fertile Crescent
  • Discuss the history of Mesopotamia
  • Identify famous Egyptian pharaohs
  • Describe details about early civilizations in Africa south of the Sahara
  • Explain how outside influences affected ancient India

Our engaging lessons cover details about the most significant ancient civilizations in Asia and Africa. Our expert instructors make learning fun with brief, yet engaging, lessons. Additionally, key terms and historical details are highlighted to make studying simple. You can ensure you're absorbing the material by taking our self-assessment quizzes after each lesson.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Ancient Civilizations in Asia & Africa
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The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

The dawn of civilization began with the discovery and implementation of agriculture in an area referred to as the Fertile Crescent, a stretch of land between the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean. In this lesson, learn about how the humble beginnings of civilization in Mesopotamia grew from simple agriculture to complex hierarchical civilizations with the availability of surplus food, which allowed many humans to convert from a nomadic lifestyle to a sedentary one.

Mesopotamia: Culture, Facts & History

2. Mesopotamia: Culture, Facts & History

Mesopotamia, historically known as the 'Cradle of Civilization,' is located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which includes parts of modern Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. Explore the region of Mesopotamia, the important cultural influences and historical facts of the people who've lived there, and discover the ancient city of Uruk.

Egyptian Pharaohs: History, Facts & Timeline

3. Egyptian Pharaohs: History, Facts & Timeline

The Egyptian Pharaohs were the kings of Egypt and were the focal point of the Ancient Egyptian religion. Explore the history of Pharaohs in the Old and New Kingdom, facts about these pharaohs, and a brief timeline of the age of the Egyptian pharaoh.

Early Civilizations in Africa South of the Sahara

4. Early Civilizations in Africa South of the Sahara

In this lesson, you will explore and learn about several large empires and civilizations in Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert. In particular, you will learn about Aksum, the Kongo, and Zimbabwe.

Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

5. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

6. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

How Geography Isolated Ancient China

7. How Geography Isolated Ancient China

Unlike many other ancient cultures, China was effectively isolated from many other early civilizations. Geography played a huge role in this isolation - this lesson will help you learn how.

Ancient Asian Art & Architecture

8. Ancient Asian Art & Architecture

Domed stone monuments and wood timber structures. Small bronze figurines and delicate pottery. What do these things have in common? You'll find out in this lesson, as we explore ancient Asian art and architecture.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

9. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Nontheism pertains to the lack of belief in the existence of God or gods. Explore examples and underlying principles of some nontheistic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

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