World History I: Ancient Civilizations: 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 1500

   "Wonder is the desire for knowledge."
                              Thomas Aquinas: Medieval Philosopher, Educator, & Monk 

Students in West Monona's Ancient Civilizations class will be introduced to human civilization from Prehistory to the Late Middle Ages. Topics include Prehistory, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, & Medieval Asia.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early civilization, and be able to apply them to relevant issues in today's world.  We will also emphasize the impact that major world religions have had upon cultures, both then and now.  We will learn about the beliefs of Judaism, Hinduism,                                                                                          Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam. 

  • Unit 1:  Prehistory
    • The Characteristics and Development of Civilization
  • Unit 2:  Ancient Egypt, Africa
    • Geography's Influence on Egypt
    • Kingdoms of the Nile River
    • Egyptian Life, Pyramids and Culture
    • The Kingdoms of Kush and Aksum
  • Unit 3:  Ancient Mesopotamia, Middle East
    • Geography's Influence on the Middle East
    • Sumerian Civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley
    • Empires of the Fertile Crescent: Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, Chaldeans, & Persians.
    • The Phonecians, Lydians, Hebrews & Judaism
  • Unit 4:  Ancient India
    • Geography's Influence on India
    • Harappan Civilization in the Indus River Valley 
    • Aryan Invasion of the Indo-Gangetic Plain
    • Hinduism & Buddhism
    • Indian Empires, Life & Culture
  • Unit 5:  Ancient China
    • Geography's Influence on China
    • The Great Wall of China; The Shang, Zhou, Qin, & Han Dynasties, 
    • Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Naturalism
    • Chinese Life and Culture
  • Unit 6:  Ancient Greece
    • Geography's Influence on Greece
    • Minoans, Myceaneans, & City States
    • Greek Religion & the Ancient Olympics
    • Sparta, the Military State, Spartan Culture
    • Athens, Direct Democracy
    • Athenian Culture, Art, Architecture, & Philosophy
    • The Greco-Persian Wars
    • Alexander the Great & Hellenistic Culture
  • Unit 7:  Ancient Rome
    • Geography's Influence on Italy.
    • The Roman Republic, Representative Democracy,  & Roman Expansion
    • The Birth of the Roman Empire
    • Roman Society & Culture
    • The Rise of Christianity
    • The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Unit 8:  Medieval Asia 
    • Islamic Civilization
    • The Mongol Empire
    • Feudal Japan and the Samurai
  • Unit 9:  Medieval Europe
    • Franks, Vikings, & the Rise of the Dark Ages
    • Feudalism, Manorialism, Castles & the Church.
    • Power Struggles in England, France, Germany & Italy:  Church or Royal authority?
    • The Crusades, Revival of Trade, & Growth of Towns
    • Gothic Architecture, Scholasticism, Vernacular Literature, & Apprenticeship
    • Knights, Squires, & Pages
 











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