Explore 'prehistory,' including the last Ice Age and population migrations, as you start History 101: Western Civilization I, an online course from Education Portal. Successive video lessons address the history of ancient civilizations, including Greece and Rome, and introduce numerous historical figures, from Homer and Plato to William the Conqueror and Henry the VIII. You'll examine various myths and religions and see how art and technology influenced different societies. With so much information to absorb, the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each video will prove a valuable way to measure your mastery of each topic.
David Walp's insight:
This is the best place I've found to start learning about ANY topic in early western civilization. If you are looking for it....it is here in awesome bite sized chunks.
Archaeologists have uncovered the human remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end. The researchers also found a giant bonfire where many of the plague victims were incinerated.
Science, Weird - A human skull dating back to the Middle Stone Age was fished from the seabed near the North Sea coast, according to archaeologists working with the province of Noord Holland. The well-preserved skull fragment is estimated at 9,500 years old, and was part of the head of an adult male, the researchers said. - archeology, Castricum, Haarlem, House of Hilde, Maasvlakte 2, Netherlands, Noord Holland, North Sea, Port of Rotterdam, Rob van Eerden, Rotterdam, Welgeleden, Zuid-Holland
What if Europeans never colonized America? America as in North and South America. What if the Plague never wiped out the native population? How would native nations form, and how would the continent change? Here is one scenario.
The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time.
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Explore maps, timeline, art and music of the Silk Road.
Hypatia was one of the earliest female mathematicians and astronomers -- though she wasn’t the very first, she was among the greatest. At the time of her murder, she was the foremost mathematician and astronomer in the West – possibly in the world.
With modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the world's major settlements, thread by thread.
The Black Death is figured to have wiped out to 30 to 60% of Europe's population, and it wiped out about 200 million people worldwide. Not only that, but it caused a massive shift in Europe's religious and political populations, changing the continent forever. But what if the plague had never let up? What if it devastated Europe just like smallpox did the Native Americans? How would Europe had been affected? This is one theory.
What if the largest land Empire ever never existed? What if the Mongol Empire Never Existed? What if the Mongol armies didn't invade China, Iran, the Middle East, Russia and even Poland? How would the world change from this lack of world changing events? Not surprisingly, a lot.
Robin Hood-style characters have been showing up in literature since the 14th century. Historians disagree about whether there was any truth to the legend, and we're wondering: Was Robin Hood real, and if so, who was he?