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Ch 3: AP World History - Ancient Times: Tutoring Solution

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The Ancient Times chapter of this AP World History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about ancient history for the AP exam. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving ancient times required in a typical AP world history course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other AP World History exam work.
  • Identify the ancient times concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our AP World History Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about ancient times and earn passing scores on the AP exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding how early technologies changed agriculture and warfare, the historical impact of writing, the origins of money or any other ancient times topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their history learning for the AP exam
  • Prefer learning about history visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their ancient times unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in AP world history
  • Don't have access to their history teacher outside of class

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the new opportunities that the last ice age brought.
  • Describe foraging and pastoral nomadic societies.
  • Understand the causes and effects of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution.
  • Take a look at common technologies of the Neolithic Era.
  • Learn about the development of hierarchical structures.
  • Discuss early Mother Goddess worship.
  • Examine the population migrations that followed the Great Flood.
  • Understand how rivers affected early civilizations.
  • Explain how cities arose and replaced villages.
  • Learn about the technologies that made empires possible.
  • Compare the advantages of horse people with other populations that lived a more stationary lifestyle.
  • Describe the impacts that the invention of writing had.
  • Understand how money led to the rise of complex economies.
  • Explain how religion developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

23 Lessons in Chapter 3: AP World History - Ancient Times: Tutoring Solution
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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

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?

Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

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.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

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.

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.

Catal Huyuk: Definition, Facts & History

16. Catal Huyuk: Definition, Facts & History

Catal Huyuk is one of the oldest towns ever found by archaeologists, dating back more than 9,000 years. While only having been excavated sporadically over the past 100 years, the site has given historians and archaeologists great insights into how humanity first decided to settle into towns.

Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation

17. Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation

When metallurgists discovered tin could be combined with copper to create a stronger metal, bronze became invaluable in the creation of weapons and tools. The Bronze Age is the time in which bronze was the primary material used in many cultures.

Tenochtitlan: Definition & Facts

18. Tenochtitlan: Definition & Facts

Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire from the middle of the 1300s to the early 1500s. Mexico City was built upon some of the ruins of Tenochtitlan. In this lesson, you'll learn about this historic city, and then you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Thales the Philosopher: Theory & Contributions to Philosophy

19. Thales the Philosopher: Theory & Contributions to Philosophy

This lesson explores Thales, a 6th century BCE Greek intellectual who was one of the first to offer scientific and philosophical (as opposed to mythological) answers to questions about how the world works. Come meet Thales, the Father of Philosophy!

The Bantu People: Migration, Language and Impact

20. The Bantu People: Migration, Language and Impact

Learn about the ancient Bantu People and their migrations. Examine how they influenced Africa with their language and culture. Then take a quiz and see what you've learned!

The Battle of Agincourt in 1415: Facts & Overview

21. The Battle of Agincourt in 1415: Facts & Overview

The lesson below is an overview of the Battle of Agincourt (1415) as well as its social, military, and political impact on ''The Hundred Years' War''. You'll also be able to test your knowledge on the material with a quiz!

The Chaldeans: Definition, History & Culture

22. The Chaldeans: Definition, History & Culture

This lesson will be about the history and culture of the Chaldeans, a Semitic tribe who lived in Mesopotamia during the last millennium before the Common Era.

Venus of Willendorf: History & Facts

23. Venus of Willendorf: History & Facts

In this lesson, we explore the Venus of Willendorf, one of the oldest examples of art which exists today. For over a century archaeologists have discussed its potential meanings, and in the process have drawn potentially significant conclusions about Paleolithic society.

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