Ch 1: History of Ancient Civilizations

About This Chapter

The History of Ancient Civilizations chapter of this Major Events in World History Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study ancient civilizations' religion, politics and culture. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the history of ancient civilizations.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ancient history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of ancient civilizations. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with ancient civilizations
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the History of Ancient Civilizations chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the History of Ancient Civilizations chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about ancient civilizations for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Early civilizations in the Fertile Crescent
  • Babylonian and Hittite civilizations
  • The Hurrians and Assyrians
  • Ancient Egyptian trade and agriculture
  • Religion and politics in Mesopotamia
  • Ramses the Great and Queen Hatshepsut
  • Sumerian and Akkadian religion and culture
  • Characteristics of Iron Age empires
  • Indus Valley civilizations

19 Lessons in Chapter 1: History of Ancient Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

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.

Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

2. Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

Both the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians used rivers to develop impressive agricultural systems. However, each culture used rivers differently and, as a result, often had a very different relationship with the waters that nourished their fields.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

3. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

4. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

5. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

6. Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

This lesson will explore the religion of ancient Sumer and its Akkadian empire. In doing this, it will highlight the Sumerian pantheon, their ziggurats, and their belief in the afterlife.

Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

7. Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Akkadian empire of ancient Sumer. Possibly the first 'empire' to ever exist in the ancient world, Akkadian kings dominated Sumer for over a century.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

8. 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.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

9. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

What Are Chinampas? - Definition & System

10. What Are Chinampas? - Definition & System

The Aztec Empire was a massive military state, but there was much more to it than human sacrifices and warfare. In this lesson, we'll talk about city planning and agriculture in the capital city of the Aztec Empire.

Largest Empires in History: Timelines & Populations

11. Largest Empires in History: Timelines & Populations

There have been many empires that left major impacts on the world. In this lesson, we are going to explore some of the largest, and see how their examples reshaped human history.

Who was Attila the Hun? - Biography, Facts & Death

12. Who was Attila the Hun? - Biography, Facts & Death

Attila the Hun is one of history's most feared and famous military names. This lesson will teach you who he was, about his early life, some of his military expeditions and his death.

Attila the Hun: Conquests & Empire

13. Attila the Hun: Conquests & Empire

Attila the Hun's name became so feared in European history that even today it is nearly synonymous with terror and destruction. In this lesson, we'll learn about Attila's life and see how he developed this reputation.

The Berbers: Origin, Religion & Culture

14. The Berbers: Origin, Religion & Culture

The Berbers are a major ethnic group of North Africa. In this lesson, we are going to get to know them a little better and check out their history, culture, and religious beliefs.

Who Were the Visigoths? - History, Culture & Facts

15. Who Were the Visigoths? - History, Culture & Facts

Who were the Visigoths? This simple question will be explained in this article. The history of these people, their culture and even a few of the facts of these people will be described.

Visigoth Symbols, Art & Language

16. Visigoth Symbols, Art & Language

The Visigoths were the rulers of Spain for several centuries in the early Medieval Period. They contributed to religious culture through their symbols, art, and language. This lesson discusses these topics, which are illustrated with images and examples.

The Visigoths: Kingdom & Kings

17. The Visigoths: Kingdom & Kings

The Visigoths were an early Germanic group who, in the 5th century CE, sacked the city of Rome. In this lesson, find out more about what this Visigothic Kingdom was like and who ruled it.

Visigoth: Warriors, Weapons & Armor

18. Visigoth: Warriors, Weapons & Armor

The Visigoths were a Germanic people known for their abilities in battle. They had a reputation for being fierce warriors who used a wide variety of fighting styles, weapons, and armor to defeat their enemies.

The Visigoths in Spain & Rome

19. The Visigoths in Spain & Rome

The Visigoths made their presence known across the Roman world and founded a kingdom. This lesson explores the Visigoths' emergence in the 3rd century CE through to their founding of medieval Spain.

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