Human history began when people gathered around rivers, began sowing
seeds, settled into permanent shelters and chose collaboration over
competition to create pockets of stability in an often harsh and
threatening world. These tiny gatherings slowly grew and civilizations
took root around the Yellow River in China, the Indus Valley, the
storied Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the Nile. This guide and the
literature in this study tells the stories of those peoples–the ones who
planted crops and built cities, developed technology, the arts,
literature, and pushed human achievement to levels never seen before.
story is told through myth, literature, religious texts, archaeological
evidence, and much more. Adaptations of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the
Ramayana, and Egyptian and Greek mythology pair with first hand accounts
from people who witnessed historically significant events. Accurate
fictional accounts bring to life figures like the Old Testament prophet
Elijah, provide colorful depictions of life in Egypt and Greece and
ancient Roman Brittania.
This teacher guide will take you and
your high school level student from the beginnings of civilization in
Mesopotamia and Sumer, on to ancient Egypt, through the wanderings of
the Jews and the splitting of the Israelites into the Kingdoms of Israel
and Judah, to the Yellow River and the first Emperor of China, through
the Indus Valley and its incredible flourishing, to the cradle of
democracy, ancient Greece, and into the Roman Empire and the birth of
Christianity. This guide delves deep into the beliefs and ideas that
motivated our ancestors to create, to worship, to conquer and to love.
Comparative studies between the religious systems of Egypt, India,
China, Greece, Rome, Israel, and the development of Christianity provide
essential perspective in understanding how each culture is directly
shaped by what it takes to be true. Compare how creation narratives
contribute to the understanding of human value, how myth both reflects
and shapes history, how story ties all of humanity together.
activities add depth to the history while vocabulary lists,
comprehension questions, research topics, and website links make this
both an academically strong study and one that will engage your entire
family in stimulating discussions. Our teacher guide provides the
structure you want and the flexibility you need to successfully teach
this complex time period.
•This study contains 108 lessons.
•Complete 3 lessons per week for a one-year study.
About the Author:
Rebecca Manor, a homeschool graduate, majored in English Literature at
Hillsdale College and studied British Literature at Oxford University.
She wrote her first teacher guide, A History of Science, at age seventeen. She later co-authored Early American and World History with Rea. Her latest teacher guides are Medieval History Through Literature
for both Intermediate and High School. Rebecca and her husband, Scott,
currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Rebecca is working
towards a Masters in English.
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