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Ancient World History to 1300 C.E.
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This textbook is divided into three sections: Africa, Asia & Americas, and Europe. It explores the history of the world from pre-historic times to 1300 C.E., paying specific attention to the interconnections (or disconnections) between peoples and regions. Students are encouraged to think beyond their experiences with western civilizations to recognize the widespread impact of historical events and trends, including how they helped shape the world today. Touching upon each world region, the readings investigate the impact of environment, economics, politics, and religion on diverse societies. Key topics are sites of change and integration such as the rise of cities, religion, technology, migration and trade, the spread of disease, gender relationships, warfare and social movements.

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Ancient History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Cleveland State University
Provider Set:
Michael Schwartz Library Pressbooks
Author:
Kelly Wrenhaven
Meshack Owino
Shelley Rose
Date Added:
11/18/2021
A Digital Tutorial For Ancient Greek Based On John William White's First Greek Book
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John William White's First Greek Book was originally published in 1896. The book contains a guided curriculum built around the language and vocabulary of Xenophon’s Anabasis. This digital tutorial is an evolving edition that is designed to run on both traditional browsers, tablet devices, and phones. Each lesson includes drill and practice exercises in addition to the text itself. The site also includes tab-delimited files for all of the vocabulary and grammar that can be imported into flashcard programs.

For more information about the design of the tutorial, you can read an article that was published in Volume 107, Number 1, Fall 2013 of the journal Classical World on pages 111-117 or a presentation from the 2013 meeting of the Digital Classics Association. An article about the audiences and usage statistics for the tutorial entitled An Open Tutorial for Beginning Ancient Greek has been published in a volume of papers entitled Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World. edited by Gabriel Bodard & Matteo Romanello and published by Ubiquity Press.

You can use these pages to study Ancient Greek online. As you complete the drill and practice exercises in each chapter, you will earn drachmas to help track your progress. The exercises keep track of the questions you have missed and presents those to you more often. Information about your progress is stored in a cookie on your computer. You can clear all of this data on the settings page.

When you have successfully completed all of the exercises in a chapter, you will have ten drachmas. You will lose drachmas as time passes so you know when you need to review chapters again.

Subject:
Languages
Ancient History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jeff Rydberg-Cox
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Mythology Unbound: An Online Textbook for Classical Mythology
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This online textbook contains short articles on each major deity, hero, monster, etc., in Greek mythology. The text is supplemented with color photographs and maps to enhance the learning experience.

Subject:
Ancient History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jessica Mellenthin
Susan O. Shapiro
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Plague Diaries: Firsthand Accounts of Epidemics, 430 B.C. to A.D. 1918
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A collection of nine excerpts from historical accounts of epidemics: two from ancient sources, one from the Black Death in 14th century Europe, one from the 1665 Plague of London, one from the late 18th century Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia, two from smallpox epidemics on Native American reservations in the late 19th century, and two from the influenza pandemic of 1918.

All readings include a brief introduction to the historical context, a glossary, discussion questions, and sources. Discussion questions can be edited to support learning in various disciplines.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Religious Studies
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
History
Ancient History
U.S. History
World History
Anatomy/Physiology
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
David Ulrich
Ryan Johnson
Tina Ulrich
Date Added:
05/12/2020
Western Civilization: A Concise History - Volume 1
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A three-volume textbook covering the history of Western Civilization from c. 8000 BCE to the recent past. Written to be compatible with most existing Western Civilization courses at American colleges and universities, Western Civilization: A Concise History rejects the triumphalist narrative of western progress while still providing an essential overview of the histories of the ancient Mediterranean, Europe, and the global connections of the modern era. The "version 2.5" edition was released in September 2021 and further revisions are planned by the author.

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Ancient History
World History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland Community College
Author:
Christopher Brooks
Date Added:
05/07/2019
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500
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World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia.

It includes 350 high-quality images and maps, chronologies, and learning questions to help guide student learning. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding their educational experience beyond the textbook. It provides a new and free alternative to traditional textbooks, making World History an invaluable resource in our modern age of technology and advancement.

Subject:
Ancient History
World History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Andrew Reeves
Brian Parkinson
Charlotte Miller
Eugene Berger
George Israel
Nadejda Williams
Date Added:
09/22/2016
World Mythology
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A deep exploration of the fundamental symbols, ceremonies, rituals, and transformative narratives of the world's great wisdom traditions and mythological systems. With special attention paid to their relevance to the modern world. Written for Community College and undergraduate level courses through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. Western myths are included but not centered.

Subject:
Literature
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
Anthropology
Sociology
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Module
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Provider:
Mt. Hood Community College
Author:
Andy Gurevich
Date Added:
04/08/2021