Portfolio Category: Ancient History

History of the Earliest States

History of the Earliest States

A foundational question underlying state formation is how we (Homo sapiens sapiens) came to live amid the unprecedented concentrations of domesticated plants, animals, and people that characterize states. From this ...
History of the Alphabet

History of the Alphabet

This course attempts to trace the evolution of alphabetic writing from its inception around 1700 BCE up to the crystallization of modem scripts. Since the alphabet was used primarily by ...
Ashes of Nineveh – Fall of Assyria

Ashes of Nineveh – Fall of Assyria

Among the major events that took place in the ancient Near East, none were more earth-shattering than the fall of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The demise of Nineveh ...
Darius the Great, Kings of Kings II

Darius the Great, Kings of Kings II

Although often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta’s spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king, they created the greatest empire ...
The Art Of Not Being Governed

The Art Of Not Being Governed

This class challenges students with a radically different approach to political history that presents events from the perspective of stateless peoples and explores the idea of state-making as a form ...
Chronicles of the Barbarians

Chronicles of the Barbarians

This class will explore a compilation of primary sources that presents dozens of striking accounts of the exotic customs and fierce deeds of those considered barbarians by eyewitness writers from ...
Deciphering Ancient Scripts

Deciphering Ancient Scripts

Learn the methodology of deciphering ancient scripts and languages and get a chance to crack some of the world’s most famous undeciphered writing systems.

Ḫammurapi’s Code

Ḫammurapi’s Code

Dating to the 1700s BCE, Hammurabi’s Code is one of the oldest sets of laws. These laws help shed light on what life was like in Ancient Babylonia. In this ...
Death Throes Of The Republic

Death Throes Of The Republic

The wars which elevate Rome to superpower status also sow the seed for the downfall of its political system. Money, slaves, ambition, political stalemate, and class warfare prove to be ...
Who Invented Trousers?

Who Invented Trousers?

Gender equality may have been advanced in steppe nomad tribes of antiquity where both men and women wore practical trousers, the first tailored garments created for riding horses, hunting, warfare, ...