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

19 Lessons in Chapter 3: AP World History - Ancient Times: Help and Review
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The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

The thawing ice of the last ice age brought new opportunities and a period of abundance for humans. Learn how ice ages occur, how early humans hunted by following migratory herds, and how the domestication of animals allowed humans to settle in one place.

Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics

2. Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics

There are distinct characteristics that define foraging and pastoral nomadic societies. Learn about the process of acquiring food, identify the role of foragers, and explore pastoralism and its reliance on domesticated animals.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

3. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

About 10,000 years ago, humans adopted an agrarian lifestyle in what is known as the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. Discover early humans' nomadic lifestyles, the causes and implications of an agricultural society, and a comparison of diets between the Gauls and the Romans.

Technologies of the Neolithic Era

4. Technologies of the Neolithic Era

Technological innovation occurred as far back as the Neolithic era. Learn about Neolithic technology, including agriculture, pottery, and tools, and explore the manufacture and use of weapons and wool.

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

5. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

Different hierarchical structures have developed over history to divide leadership responsibilities among capable individuals. Learn about the rules of a hierarchy, aristocracy, Moses' religious theocracy, and a brief history of the development of hierarchical structures throughout time.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

6. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

Mother Goddesses appeared to dominate prehistoric religion for tens of thousands of years. Learn about the history of Mother Goddesses, male figures in Minoan art, and the evolution of the Mother Goddess.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

7. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood has been a myth in numerous cultures for thousands of years. Discover how there may be some truth behind the myth, historical accounts, and the effects the Great Flood may have had on humans and their migration.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

8. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

Cities have not always existed throughout history, and in fact, are a relatively new phenomenon. Learn about how cities were invented, by first reading about the first farmers and problems with being a lone farmer. Then, read about how this led to the first villages, and then cities, such as the example of the city of Uruk and larger populations. Finally, learn about how some cities worked on becoming an empire.

Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

9. Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

Ancient civilizations were drawn to rivers for the many advantages these locations provided. Learn about the impact of food supply and flooding, as well as the concept of irrigation.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

10. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

The invention of walls, roads, and bronze paved the way to larger settlements, safer cities, and the growth of empires. Explore some of the oldest walls in Jericho, discover ancient uses for waterways and roads, and learn how bronze revolutionized warriors' armor.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

11. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

The horse and chariot revolutionized warfare and became the tools of empire creation. Explore the root of this combination of ancient weapons of mass destruction but also contributed to road building and the expansion of the then-known world.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

12. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

The ancient horse peoples were nomadic pastoralists, hunters, and warriors sometimes described as a historical alternative to agrarian civilizations. Learn about the pros and cons of settled agriculture eschewed by the horse peoples as well as their endurance built upon the supremacy of the horse archer and battle strategies.

Ancient Nubia: History, Location & Facts

13. Ancient Nubia: History, Location & Facts

Ancient Nubia as a region and civilization benefited from its location along the Nile for millennia, and had a fluctuating relationship with its neighbor, Egypt. Discover the history of this ancient civilization, the monuments it left behind, trade and conflict with Egypt, and the Kingdom of Kush that arose in the region and fought against the Assyrian Empire.

Ancient Roman Monarchy: Timeline & Overview

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. Bushido: Definition, Code & Virtues

Influenced by Confucian values, Bushido is the warrior code of the samurai. Learn how to define Bushido, explore the samurai's role in Japanese society, discover the story of the 47 Ronin, and review Bushido's code and virtues.

Qin Shi Huangdi: Facts & Tomb

19. 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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