Ch 3: AP World History - Ancient Times: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Ancient Times chapter of this AP World History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master ancient times. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of ancient times.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP world history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP world history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the Neolithic era or other ancient time periods
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about ancient times
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ancient times chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ancient times chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any ancient times question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an ancient times unit of a standard AP world history course. Topics covered include:

  • The last ice age
  • Foraging and pastoral nomadic societies
  • The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
  • Mystery cults and the early Mother Goddess
  • How cities were invented

22 Lessons in Chapter 3: AP World History - Ancient Times: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

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.

Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics

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.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

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?

Technologies of the Neolithic Era

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.

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

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.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

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.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

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?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

8. 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.

Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

9. 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.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

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.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

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.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

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.

The Invention of Writing

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.

The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies

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.

How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

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.

Ancient Nubia: History, Location & Facts

16. Ancient Nubia: History, Location & Facts

Ancient Nubia was a civilization that thrived along the fertile Nile River of Africa thousands and thousands of years ago. The history of Nubia has largely been overshadowed by its much more famous neighboring civilization, Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Roman Monarchy: Timeline & Overview

17. Ancient Roman Monarchy: Timeline & Overview

Ever wondered why the Romans didn't have kings during the Punic Wars or while they were expanding over most of Europe? This lesson will provide a background as to why Romans despised the title.

Ancient Roman Patricians: Definition & Overview

18. Ancient Roman Patricians: Definition & Overview

This essay will be about the Roman patricians during the Roman Kingdom, Republic, and Empire. The patricians were the upper class of Roman society from the earliest days to the end of the empire.

Ancient Roman Sculpture: History & Characteristics

19. Ancient Roman Sculpture: History & Characteristics

Influenced by ancient Greek art, the ancient Romans continued their tradition of large-scale, realistic sculpture. Learn about what makes Roman artwork unique and how it continues to influence art today.

Biography of Ptolemy: History, Facts & Contributions

20. Biography of Ptolemy: History, Facts & Contributions

Explore the life and accomplishments of the Greek-Egyptian writer, mathematician, and astronomer Ptolemy. Then, test your understanding about the ancient world and early sciences.

Bushido: Definition, Code & Virtues

21. Bushido: Definition, Code & Virtues

Explore the ancient Japanese code of chivalry used by the famous samurai warriors and test your understanding of feudal Japan, samurai culture and Asian philosophy.

Qin Shi Huangdi: Facts & Tomb

22. Qin Shi Huangdi: Facts & Tomb

Did you know that Ancient China was made up of several warring states? This lesson explains the major accomplishments of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi as well as the impressive tomb he's buried in.

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