History of the Ancient World

Course Description


Full-year course. A survey of ancient cultures from the earliest written records through the removal of the last Roman “emperor” in 476 AD, with special attention to the interaction between humans and their environment and the relationship of philosophy to the development of states. Highlights include the fall of Ur; the conquest of Troy; the Republic of Rome; the Han Dynasty; and the fall of Rome. When taken in combination with our Ancient Literature course, this provides the integrated Great Books and History coverage recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. 

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Course texts:

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  • The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer
  • Workbook: Study and Teaching Guide for the History of the Ancient World

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 9-11.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.