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Ch 5: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500: Early Culture, Religion & Language

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View these lessons to get reacquainted with details about early culture, religion and language. Cram for the Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500 test with our informative transcripts to memorize key historical dates.

Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500: Early Culture, Religion & Language - Chapter Summary

One of the six content areas on the Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500 test addresses your knowledge concerning early human civilizations and their origins. Make sure you remember the names of these civilizations and their geographic locations by brushing up on the details with this handy test-prep chapter about early culture, religion, and language. By completing each of the lessons in this chapter, you will have successfully reviewed the following topics:

  • The origins of ancient Nubia and its cultures
  • Civilizations that thrived in the ancient Nile Valley region
  • Historical facts and elements about the Jewish belief system
  • The start of Judaism and its significance
  • The history of language and its transformation among ancient civilizations
  • How symbols were developed into cuneiform writing
  • An overview of how cuneiform evolved to Greek writing

Preparing for a state standards assessment, like the Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500 test, may seem like a difficult task to manage, especially with all the information you're expected to know. Luckily, with the help of our materials, studying can be both simple and entertaining. We have laid out an easy-to-follow set of chapters, and each chapter takes you through a topic specifically addressed on this test. Additionally, each of our chapters contain several brief lessons. You can watch each lesson in a matter of minutes, allowing you to get a fast recap on the information you need.

We keep our lessons entertaining, because we know it makes it easier to learn. Each video lesson uses exciting visual elements to help reinforce retention of the information. As you watch the videos, you have the power to pause lessons or use the timeline feature to jump ahead to different topics within the lesson. To keep you on your toes, each of our lessons has a quiz. Study the lessons as long as you need, then answer the quiz questions to make sure you remember everything you'll need to know come test day.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography to 1500: Early Culture, Religion & Language
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Cultures of Ancient Nubia

1. Cultures of Ancient Nubia

In this lesson, you will explore the history of several ancient Nubian cultures and discover their impact on African development. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Ancient Nile Valley: Civilizations, Region & Facts

2. The Ancient Nile Valley: Civilizations, Region & Facts

In this lesson, we explore the ancient Nile Valley and the Nile River, which is its lifeline. Arguably the longest river in the world, the Nile supported some of humankind's first complex civilizations.

The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History

3. The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History

This lesson will explore the ancient religion of Judaism, the faith of the Jewish people. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of monotheism, Yahweh's covenant with Abraham and the Jewish texts of law.

Judaism: Origins & Significance

4. Judaism: Origins & Significance

Judaism is one of the world's oldest religions, largely due to its ability to travel, but it has had an even greater influence on two other world religions, Christianity and Islam.

The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations

5. The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations

The changes that languages undergo over the course of a period of time give historians incredible hints as to what actually happened. Watch this lesson to learn how a hated empire was loved for the language it introduced, and another empire decided to adopt the language of the people it had just conquered.

Cuneiform Writing: Definition, Symbols & History

6. Cuneiform Writing: Definition, Symbols & History

In this lesson, we explore humankind's earliest language notation, cuneiform writing, created in the 4th millennium BC. We explore its characteristics and its evolution throughout history.

History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

7. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

This lecture follows the development of writing, from the pictographs of proto-cuneiform to the symbolic phonemes of cuneiform and hieroglyphics. Then from the abjads of the Phoenecians, Minoans, Hebrews and Arabs to the complete alphabets of the Greeks. It explores the limitations and strengths of each development and draws modern parallels.

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