Ch 39: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Civilizations

About This Chapter

Utilize this chapter's online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in order to revisit several aspects of the world's ancient civilizations. Then, express your knowledge when you sit for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Civilizations - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores the founding of ancient civilizations. When you watch its tutorial video lessons, you'll have opportunities to review the religions and cultures of Mesopotamia and Sumer as well as the history of the Iron Age empires. As part of your plan to pass the West Middle Level Humanities examination, you might watch these for assistance with:

  • Describing the origins of the Fertile Crescent
  • Discussing the history of law and Hammurabi's Code
  • Learning about the agricultural systems and trading practices of ancient Egyptians
  • Understanding the religions and politics of Mesopotamian kings
  • Exploring the reigns of Egyptian queens and pharaohs
  • Examining the art and civilizations of ancient Akkad
  • Studying the Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Assyrian empires

Since these tutorial lessons are offered online, they can be accessed where ever you are, 24/7. Use them to recall the above topics as you get ready for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. They include video tags that pause or re-play the videos. You'll find clickable links to fundamental terms and text transcripts of the lessons as well as brief self-assessment quizzes. Ask questions about ancient civilizations of the instructors, who are experts on the subject.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Civilizations Chapter Objectives

Two subtests make up the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Each contains 55 multiple-choice questions. Found on Subtest 2, U.S. and World History is the domain that most closely reflects the topics that you reviewed in this chapter. It is worth approximately 33% of Subtest 2. When you're ready to sit for the computer-based examination, you may take either subtest individually or take them both at once.

10 Lessons in Chapter 39: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Civilizations
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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.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

2. 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.

Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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