Ch 17: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Ancient Civilizations from 4000 BCE-1350 CE

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These lessons were developed for your use in preparation for your Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) Social Science Multi-Content test. The subject matter here is ancient civilizations from 4000 BCE to 1350 CE.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Ancient Civilizations from 4000 BCE-1350 CE - Chapter Summary

Our Study.com subject matter experts made these short lessons as a knowledge booster for your upcoming MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. This refresher will help you answer test questions that ask about such lesson material as:

  • The definition and common elements of any civilization
  • 4th century BCE historical events
  • Three empires emerge in Eurasia: the Ottoman, the Safavid and the Mughal
  • The Indus Valley civilizations of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa
  • Papyrus paintings and scrolls of ancient Egypt
  • The story and history of Moses
  • The life of Queen Hatshepsut
  • The civilization and culture of the Olmecs
  • The economy, politics, culture and religion of the Mayans
  • The Shang and Zhou Dynasties of ancient China
  • The Tang Dynasty and the reunification of China
  • An examination of recurring themes across cultures in history
  • Scientific, medical, artistic and literary accomplishments of Muslim civilizations

Some of the lessons developed for this study of ancient civilizations are 5-10 minute long videos. Any needed review of the material can be done by referring to the transcript or by using the handy timeline tool that will take you right to the place in the video you need to watch again. Text lessons make key vocabulary easy to spot by highlighting it in bold type. All lessons provide a short quiz at lesson end for self-assessment. We also offer a feature that allows you to posit a question for discussion with our experts.

14 Lessons in Chapter 17: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Ancient Civilizations from 4000 BCE-1350 CE
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What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

1. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.

Historical Events of the 4th Century BCE

2. Historical Events of the 4th Century BCE

Learn about the people and events of the fourth century before the common era (B.C.E.). When you've read about it, take the quiz and see what you remember.

The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

3. The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

This lesson focuses on the Ottoman empire of Turkey, the Safavid Empire of Iran, and the Mughal Empire of India and Pakistan. It highlights the terms theocracy, ghazi, and God-ism.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

4. 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.

Ancient Egyptian Papyrus: Paintings & Scrolls

5. Ancient Egyptian Papyrus: Paintings & Scrolls

In this lesson we explore ancient Egyptian papyrus. One of the oldest writing mediums ever used, papyrus was highly prized in ancient Egyptian culture and its manufacture a closely guarded state secret.

Who Was Moses? - Story & History

6. Who Was Moses? - Story & History

Moses is one of the main characters of the Hebrew Bible. A historical figure of great importance, his personality and actions helped set the tone for the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Queen Hatshepsut: Facts, Accomplishments & Death

7. Queen Hatshepsut: Facts, Accomplishments & Death

Explore the life and accomplishment of the Pharaoh-Queen Hatshepsut and test your understanding about Ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, and the development of the Ancient World in this lesson.

The Olmec: Civilization & Culture

8. The Olmec: Civilization & Culture

The first civilization of Central and North America, the Olmec, thrived from about 1500 BC to about 400 BC. Learn about the history of the Olmec and how their accomplishments influenced later American civilizations and cultures.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

9. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

10. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

11. Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

In this lesson, you'll explore the complex period of reunification between two powerful dynasties in Chinese history as warlords fought each other for power. You'll discover exactly how the Tang Dynasty put China back together again. Test your understanding afterward with a brief quiz.

The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

12. The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

The Mongol Empire was the second-largest empire in history, and the largest ever seen up until its time. This lesson explains how the Mongols were able to conquer China, as well as innovations that allowed them to conquer other regions, before concluding with a discussion on the Yuan Dynasty.

Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

13. Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

This lesson will explore the concept of historic recurrence. In doing so, it will highlight recurring themes in history like the rise and fall of empires, the development of technology, economic trade, military conflict, and gender roles

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

14. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

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