https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlKJDwViNKs Epic History TV: "Alexander the Great is one of the most extraordinary individuals in history. He became king of the fringe Greek kingdom of Macedonia in 336 BC at the age of just 20, and before his death twelve years later, had imposed Macedonian overlordship on Greece, destroyed the mighty Persian Empire and … Continue reading The Greatest Speech in History? Alexander the Great & The Opis Mutiny
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kv73VJqyEQ&list=PL_IlIlrxhtPOZK1NV1UTTshwrnvNuKNjf LanXang Siengkhene: "After thousands of years as a hunter/gatherer, man built the first cities 5,000 years ago on the banks of the Euphrates in Southern Iraq. Civilization began. City life transformed the human race with the glorious cultures of Mesopotamia such as Ur, and Babylon." Drill Deeper: Mesopotamia. Ur. Babylon.
Sensing that his empire was over-extended and facing insecurity at home, the Roman emperor Constantine III withdrew nearly all of his army from England around 409 A.D. This was a couple of generations before the sacking of Rome in 476 A.D. Roman culture and influence in Britain "dwindled to an almost negligible point," wrote Philip … Continue reading New Look at Britain Before and After the Romans. Far Stronger and More Developed Than Previously Thought
Throughout Europe and the Middle East, you can find Roman ruins -- more than 40 in Rome, Italy. The 10 best Roman ruins outside Rome that give you a sense of the remarkable geographical span of the Roman Empire are in Merida, Spain; Leptis Magna, Libya; Pula, Croatia; Jerash, Jordan; Caesarea, Israel; Aspendos, Turkey; Baalbek, … Continue reading Best Roman Ruins. Where Are the Romans Now?
When I was forced by my parents to take Latin in ninth grade, I perhaps would have been less bored and done better if I had been told that I was descended from the Gauls, aka the Celts, who were frequently referred to in the Roman literature we read in Latin, especially in relation to … Continue reading In Ancient Europe, the Gauls, AKA the Celts, Barbarians, Lost to the Romans. But Maybe They Were More Civilized?
“If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an … Continue reading The Appeal of Anarchy, Especially to Tribes
The Bronze Age, from 3000 BC to 1200 BC, followed the Stone Age and preceded the Iron Age. It began with the Indus Valley Civilization, in what is now India, and spread all the way through Western Asia, Europe and North Africa, what was thought of as the ancient Near East, and Mesopotamia, what is … Continue reading What Ended the Bronze Age?
Plot Summary and Historical Inaccuracies. Gladiator worksheets and packets for teachers and students. The Roman Empire. Or Republic. Or...Which Was It? John Green "explores exactly when Rome went from being the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. Here's a hint: it had something to do with Julius Caesar, but maybe less than you think. Find … Continue reading Learning About Ancient Rome from ‘Gladiator’ and Crash Course
Americans are overdue to learn about the brilliance of Africa's pre-colonial civilizations. Archeologists and scholars are learning more about Africa than ever before, from the digitization of records and the unearthing of ancient treasures. Examples: The first iron technology in the world was developed in Africa in 1800 B.C., even earlier than in India and … Continue reading Africa’s Great Civilizations, BC to 1900s
Grand strategy video games from Paradox Interactive let users take control of a country on the world stage and try to expand it, over the course of centuries, into a grand empire. Dominate or be dominated is often the choice. "There's nothing sweet and easy about a Paradox game.They’re complicated, difficult and take forever — … Continue reading Rewrite History With Interactive Games