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Ancient World

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British Museum: Ancient Civilizations
The British Museum has created this series of informative and entertaining Web pages where students can explore and compare ancient civilizations. Topics include "Mughal India," "Ancient China," "Ancient India," "Ancient Mesopotamia," "Ancient Greece," and "Ancient Egypt." Teachers will find lesson plans and background information in the "staff room" for each Web page.
Byzantium: Byzantine Studies on the Internet
"Byzantium" was created by Dr. Paul Halsall (Fordham University) as a "gathering point for Byzantine studies." It features an excellent introduction to Byzantine civilization and categories for teaching resources, including course outlines and syllabi. Reference materials, bibliographic guides, and a large collection of documents are provided. The graphics are dazzling.
De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
"DIR is an on-line encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453)." - Intro. The site is hosted by Salve Regina University and includes essays on emperors, family trees, maps, a catalog of coins, and an index of battles.
FAMSI: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies
Contains drawings of Mesoamerican archaeological sites, Maya hieroglyphic writing, Mixtec codices, and maps. FAMSI also provides funds on an annual basis to support research projects that promise to make significant contributions to the understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Created by Prof. Paul Halsall at Fordham University, the Sourcebook offers direct access to numerous primary resources. From the genesis of humankind through early Christianity, the scope and depth of the materials provided are impressive.
Learning About Papyrology: University of Michigan Papyrology Collection
Learn how to read ancient writing, see how papyrus was made, and explore images of papyri documents from the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection. Teachers and students will find resources and interactive Web projects for learning about writing in the ancient Mediterranean world.
Perseus Classics
The Perseus Classics Collection, "an evolving digital library," brings together ancient texts, images of archaeological sites and artifacts, and reference articles on ancient Greece and Rome. Greek and Roman classics can be read in English translation, or in the original language, with links to online Latin and Greek dictionaries.
ROME: Republic to Empire
Created by Prof. Barbara McManus (College of New Rochelle), ROME offers an engaging presentation on the early emperors, slavery, and the rebellion of Spartacus. Entertainment, baths, chariot racing, gladiators, society, government, names, and the army are accorded special attention. Detailed house plans are included.
Secrets of Lost Empires
Based on a NOVA television series and hosted by PBS, Secrets aims "to ferret out long-forgotten secrets of early architects and engineers." - Intro. Chinese rainbow bridges, Roman baths, Easter Island sculptures, Egyptian obelisks, and siege engines are investigated, and experts give their opinions.
The Ancient Egypt Site
Encompassing history, language, monuments, and popular culture, this site offers a fascinating overview of Ancient Egypt.


The Oxford Companion to Archaeology

The Oxford Companion to Archaeology 
Fagan, Brian M., editor

One of the most comprehensive guides to archaeology. A good place to begin to research any archaeological site. Includes articles describing archaeological terminology.
Call Number: XCC70.O961996Q
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