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- Discuss the last Ice Age.
- Examine the origins of humans.
- Describe the characteristics of foraging and pastoral nomadic societies.
- Compare and contrast Paleolithic and Neolithic culture.
- List the causes and effects of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution.
- Name the common technologies of the Neolithic Era.
- Explain how religion developed during the Stone Age and Bronze Age.
- Learn how hierarchal structures developed.
- Take a look at figurines that suggest early Mother Goddess worship.
- Explain the significance of rivers in early civilization.
- Describe the conditions that made the formation of cities possible.
- List some technologies that made the formation of empires possible.
- Learn how money facilitated the rise of complex economies.
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.
2. The Origins of Humankind
Today's human beings took centuries to evolve from the origins of humankind into their present form. Review human ancestors and the Homo genus to understand early hominids, bipedalism, the emergence of Homo erectus, and how agriculture affected the development of Homo sapiens.
3. 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.
4. Preliterate Cultures: Paleolithic vs Neolithic
Civilizations during the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods were preliterate, a term devised by historians and others to describe civilizations with no written language. Review the origins of humanity by comparing the lives of people during the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods and learn how humankind has evolved.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age
In the Stone and Bronze ages, religion developed alongside cultural and technological advances. Explore the end of mother goddesses and the origins of male deities, how the development of writing impacted religion, and why male gods became favored over female ones.
8. 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.
9. Prehistoric Religion 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies
The history of money started through the trading of necessary resources among people, and the trading further developed which gave way to the rise of complex economies. Get to know more about debt economy, commodity economy, ingots and shekels, currency in the early times, and the first coin ever.
16. 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.
17. Hyksos: Definition, History & People
The Hyksos people are known for their creation of bronze tools and weapons after invading the Nile Delta. Discover more of their history and the innovations and cultural changes they initiated during their dominance in the Nile Delta.
18. Settled Agriculture: Definition & Explanation
Settled agriculture began around 8-10,000 B.C. Define and explain settled agriculture, examine the world before farms, the development of settled agriculture, and the ramifications for human development.
19. Sun Tzu's The Art of War: Summary & Quotes
'The Art of War' is a treatise on military strategy written by the ancient Chinese General and military strategist Sun Tzu. Go over the synopsis, examine popular quotations, and review an overall summary of Sun Tzu's historically significant composition.
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