Ch 17: Ancient Inventions

About This Chapter

Complete this chapter at your own pace to study a variety of ancient inventions. These fun and interesting study guide lessons are great for test preparation, homework help and independent learning.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ancient inventions material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about important ancient inventions, such as the ballista, pan flute and gladius. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing information about ancient inventions
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Ancient Inventions chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  •  Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about ancient inventions for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Facts about the ballista
  • Types of pan flutes
  • The history of the Roman gladius
  • Comparison of the gladius to the spatha and the katana

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: Ancient Inventions
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Ballista: Definition, History & Facts

1. Ballista: Definition, History & Facts

The ballista was a weapon invented by Greeks, used by Romans and perfected during the Middle Ages in Europe. In this lesson, learn about the history and use of this weapon.

What is a Pan Flute? - History, Origin & Types

2. What is a Pan Flute? - History, Origin & Types

Pan flutes are very popular instruments found in folk music around the world. In this lesson, we are going to look at pan flutes and see how they were used in different civilizations.

Spatha vs. Gladius

3. Spatha vs. Gladius

Roman soldiers can often be seen in ancient art carrying one of two sorts of weapons. In this lesson, we are going to check out both and see how they are similar and different.

Gladius vs. Katana

4. Gladius vs. Katana

Wars are a part of history, which means that a lot of our past was defined by tools of destruction. In this lesson, we'll look at two of the most influential swords in history and see how they compare.

Roman Gladius: History & Facts

5. Roman Gladius: History & Facts

A Roman soldier would never want to be caught without his shield or his gladius. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and design of this weapon and see how it was used.

Copper Age: Weapons & Tools

6. Copper Age: Weapons & Tools

In this lesson, we'll explore the little-known Copper Age. Looking at production sites and artifact finds throughout Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia, and China, we'll learn what kind of tools and weapons humans used in the Copper Age.

Copper Age: Definition, People & Facts

7. Copper Age: Definition, People & Facts

In this lesson, we'll take a journey to the Copper Age, a period between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. You'll discover how copper tools came about, who used them, and what ended the Copper Age.

Archaeometallurgy: Definition & Examples

8. Archaeometallurgy: Definition & Examples

Archaeometallurgy is the study of metal produced by people in ancient times. Metal is very durable and lasts when other artifacts have disappeared, so archaeometallurgy can tell us a lot about the past.

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