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You'll learn all of the world history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- The Cradle of Civilization
- Sumerians, Hurrians, Babylonians, Hittites and Assyrians
- Hammurabi's Code
- Comparison of monotheism and polytheism
- The Bronze Age of ancient Egypt
- Egyptian women, achievements and social structure
- Phoenicians and Hebrews
- Ancient Israel
- Iron Age and Assyrian empires
- Ancient Persian government
- Beliefs and history of Zoroastrianism
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1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization
Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.
2. Sumerian Art and Architecture
This lesson explores the artwork of one of the earliest civilizations: the Sumerians. Sumerians created beautiful works of art that inspired other cultures for centuries after their decline.
3. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians
This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.
4. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications
This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.
5. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?
There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.
6. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.
7. Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar
In this lesson, we will discuss some of the major achievements of ancient Egypt, including its unification by King Menes, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Egyptian calendar.
8. Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition
In this lesson, we will study ancient Egyptian women. We will focus especially on the rights and privileges they enjoyed in the legal, economic, and social realms, and we will meet Egypt's most famous female ruler.
9. Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh
In this lesson, we will explore ancient Egypt's social structure. We'll start at the top of this great pyramid with the Pharaoh and work our way to the bottom, where we'll find peasants and slaves.
10. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs
This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.
11. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires
This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.
12. Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline
The Assyrians rightfully earned their reputation as ferocious in battle, but their success was possible only because of their developments in warfare. Also, the Assyrians helped to create cultural change in Mesopotamia that is still felt today.
13. Features of the Ancient Persian Government
The Persians ruled one of the largest empires in ancient history, and did so in a way that largely kept its inhabitants content. This was accomplished through a surprising array of administrative techniques.
14. Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History
Major religions, like Christianity and Islam, have been popular since ancient times, but what religion was popular before these belief systems developed? This lesson explores the beliefs of Zoroastrians, one of the earliest forms of organized religion.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe World History: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe World History Chapter 1: The First Humans
- Glencoe World History Chapter 3: India & China
- Glencoe World History Chapter 4: Ancient Greece
- Glencoe World History Chapter 5: Rome & the Rise of Christianity
- Glencoe World History Chapter 6: The World of Islam
- Glencoe World History Chapter 7: Early African Civilizations
- Glencoe World History Chapter 8: The Asian World
- Glencoe World History Chapter 9: Emerging Europe & the Byzantine Empire
- Glencoe World History Chapter 10: Europe in the Middle Ages
- Glencoe World History Chapter 11: The Americas
- Glencoe World History Chapter 12: Renaissance & Reformation
- Glencoe World History Chapter 13: The Age of Exploration
- Glencoe World History Chapter 14: Crisis & Absolutism in Europe
- Glencoe World History Chapter 15: The Muslim Empires
- Glencoe World History Chapter 16: The East Asian World
- Glencoe World History Chapter 17: Revolution & Enlightenment
- Glencoe World History Chapter 18: The French Revolution & Napoleon
- Glencoe World History Chapter 19: Industrialization & Nationalism
- Glencoe World History Chapter 20: Mass Society & Democracy
- Glencoe World History Chapter 21: The Height of Imperialism
- Glencoe World History Chapter 22: East Asia Under Challenge
- Glencoe World History Chapter 23: War & Revolution
- Glencoe World History Chapter 24: The West Between the Wars
- Glencoe World History Chapter 25: Nationalism Around the World
- Glencoe World History Chapter 26: World War II
- Glencoe World History Chapter 27: Cold War & Postwar Changes
- Glencoe World History Chapter 28: The Contemporary Western World
- Glencoe World History Chapter 29: Latin America
- Glencoe World History Chapter 30: Africa & the Middle East
- Glencoe World History Chapter 31: Asia & the Pacific
- Glencoe World History Chapter 32: Challenges & Hopes for the Future