Hunter-gatherers of the near and middle east, wh, after the Younger Dryas Event, were forced to establish semi-permanent villages along rivers and adopted farming and domesticating crops
A small city located in the West Bank, Palestinian Territory, whose ruins date back to about 8000 BCE, making it one of the oldest Neolithic cities in the world
Stepped temples that supposedly housed the gods; these were places of worship
The belief in a pantheon of multiple gods and goddesses
One of the earliest know forms of written expression; started as pictographs and became a language of wedge-shaped characters
The oldest known literature; written about Gilgamesh, who seeks immortality
Semitic Akkadian emperor famous for his conquest of the Sumerian city-states in the 23rd century BCE. He founded the dynasty of Akkad.
The emperor who ruled Babylon from 1792-1750 BCE; he made stone pillars that held laws from the gods, and the laws had the basis of "an eye for an eye"
The most successful era of ancient Egypt. During this era, Giza, and much of the other things that come to mind when thinking of Egypt, was constructed. Most things afterwards tried to copy the Old Kingdom.
The first Pharaoh of Egypt who was also known as Menes. He unified Upper and Lower Egypt in 3050 BCE
The goddess of order, regularity, and fertility; to the Egyptians, farming and the gentle flooding of the Nile was because of her
The falcon headed god of war. Pharaohs were said to be an incarnation of Horus, and they were depicted with falcon heads
Pictographic system of writing for Ancient Egyptians. Pictures symbolized words.
A chief Egyptian god; ruler of the dead and the underworld
Osiris's consort; the god (sometimes goddess) who weighs the souls of the dead against the Feather of Truth in Egyptian mythology
The city from which the Pharaoh governed during the Old Kingdom; the capital
Trade exanded, control expanded further south, working class conditions worsened, and so entrance into the afterlife was given more often and religion was more democratic
A mysterious people who tried to invade Egypt. They ruled during the Second Intermediate Period and then left.
Began after second intermediate period. The first 300 years were spent trying to invade Mesopotamia, but it didn't work.
Pharaoh who tried to change Egypt's belief to monotheism. It worked until he died, and then Egypt went back to its normal ways.
One of the ancient cities with the culture Dravidian. Along with Harappa, archaeologists found the earliest remnants of India here.
The social unit of India. Individuals are born into different levels of society called castes. There are four castes: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra.
Five oral epics of the Aryans. The oldest is rigveda. These epics contain prayers, spells, stories, and more.
An ancient compilation of teachings from Hinduism. These laws describe the duties and behaviors of each caste. They also describe the role of women.
Also known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One. His life is well documented, and he taught the eightfold path and the four truths of life, which involve much meditation.
The founder of the Mauryan empire; ruled and united northern India
Ruler who had good policies and promoted trade (this provided unprecedented prosperity). He converted to Buddhism after the bloody battle of Kalinga.
Important cities in the Old and New Testaments in Phoneicia; now Lebanon.
David's son, most renowned king of the Hebrews
The main city that later becomes the capital of the Assyrian Empire; on the Eastern bank of the Tigris River.
"Scattering" of Jews, which occurred after Assyrians attacked the Hebrew empire.
Assyrian king; last strong king of the Empire who had a big library (with heads decorating the trees) where we get Epic of Gilgamesh.
The new interpretation of the Covenant, written by the Jews. The Talmud made precise the relationship of God with His people: He would protect them if they followed His rules.
The first great Persian ruler. He was very successful because of his idea to allow the captured people to keep their own ways of life as long as they were loyal to him. Cyrus also freed the Jews from Babylonian Captivity.
The third great ruler of the Persians; Darius I made coinage and calendar uniform, and the empire reached its greatest size under his reign.
Also known as Zoroaster, this man was the founder of Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion that brought moral ethics into religion and the afterlife. Ahura Mazda symbolized good, and Ahriman symbolized evil.
The writings/teachings of Zarathustra.
The first dynasty of Ancient China, founded by Yu the Great. A system of levees and canals was made.
The second dynasty of Ancient China, during which writing and bronze casting were developed. Oracle bones were also used.
Used during the Shang Dynasty, these were turtle shells that were written on and heated. The cracks made were used to interpret the will of the ancestors.
The third dynasty, when the size of the empire increased and the mandate of heaven (a highly influential idea that involved human rulers being given a mandate to rule by the gods) was developed. Extensive literature survives from this era.
An idea that rulers are given a mandate to rule from the gods. If the ruler's people are happy, the ruler keeps the mandate, but if the people are angry, he does not, and he is replaced by another ruler. This idea came about in the Zhou Dynasty.
The founder of Confucianism, a religion where the model for the government is the ideal Chinese family (patriarchal, and everyone has duties to follow). Everyone should use gentility, and men should be in the government. His ideas were used for years.
The founder of Daoism and the writer of "Dao de Jing" or "The Way of the Dao." He believed the true way to be happy was to have less government and be in harmony with natural surroundings.
A theory that came about during the Era of Warring States. Legalism was the idea that the government should restrict its people as much as possible, for people could easily become evil, and the government must keep them from having their own ideas.
Also known as "shi," mandarins were people who made sure Confucius's rules were being followed. They were the governing class for years.
The Minoans were people who lived mainly on the island of Crete, but also on other islands in the Aegean Sea. They were a seafaring people who were good traders and shipbuilders. The Minoans wrote in the undeciphered writing called Linear A.
The capital city of Crete, where a beautiful palace was built. This city was eventually taken by the Mycenaeans.
The Mycenaeans lived on mainland Greece. People thought of themselves as poleis first, then as the country of Greece. Eventually, the Mycenaeans went to Crete and adopted the Minoan culture. The Mycenaeans used a form of writing called Linear B.
A city where the Trojan War was fought between the Mycenaeans and the Trojans. The war was fought over Helen, who Paris had supposedly kidnapped.
Invaders of Greece who came from the north. After the invasion, the empire entered the Dark Ages, when literature and the arts became rare. Political organization collapsed, and nomadic life made a reappearance.
The possibly blind writer of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," two epic poems about Odysseus's time in the Trojan war and his return home.
Today's equivalent of a city-state. Greece was made up of many "poleis." Two examples are Athens and Sparta. Unfortunately, Greeks thought of themselves as first from their polis and then from Greece, and so they sometimes had difficulty working together.
The hero and protagonist of Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," two epic poems written about the Trojan War and Odysseus's difficult return from Troy. Odysseus was supposedly the smartest man on earth and had the idea of the famous Trojan Horse.
People who the Spartans captured and made helots, or slaves.
The most important oligarch of Greece who wrote a Constitution to balance the needs of the rich and the poor. The plan didn't work very well, but he at least made the first Constitution.
A ruler who came into power after Pisistratus's sons were removed. He established Athenian democracy and replaced executions with ostracism, or exile.
An idea brought about by Cleisthenes, in which wrongdoers could be exiled for ten years rather than executed.
A famous battle of the Persian Wars where the Athenian Navy (which was smaller than the Persian Navy) lured the Persian Navy into a small harbor where the Persian ships could not maneuver easily. The Persians were defeated horribly, so they never seriously threatened the Greeks again.
A war between Athens and Sparta (two very different poleis) that was won by Sparta after the Athenians decided to attack Cicily (which was Spartan) and the Spartans got the help of Persia to defeat their opponent polis.
The battle between the Macedonians and the Greeks. The Macedonians were people from the North who had been slowly taking over Greek poleis, and, led by Philip, they took over Greece at this battle.
A Macedonian ruler during the Hellenistic Era of Greece. He took the empire as far as India, and on his way back, he died. He was a self-proclaimed son of Zeus. His most important achievement was that he spread Greek Culture all over Asia.
The most advanced city in terms of literature and economy in Hellenistic Greece. It was the site of the Mediterranean's best ancient library.
A large temple on the Acropolis Hill dedicated to Athena. It used to have a giant statue of Athena inside, but the statue is now gone. Years of war and rough weather have eroded the temple, which was originally painted. It was built during the Golden Age of Athens. The architecture can be seen all over the world today.
A freed Phoenician slave who started the philosophy of Stoicism, which emphasized unity of humans and neglect for social conventions. Humans are to be noble, for virtue was its own reward. Stoicism had large following.
A rationalist philosopher who found truth through questioning. Eventually, he was executed for corrupting the youth of Athens. He gives us the idea of Socratic lectures, etc. where much questioning is done to find answers.
The rationalist student of Socrates who insisted that humans were living an unreal life and had to graduate to the real life. The reason an object was an object was because of its essence or soul, not a perception of the senses. To illustrate his ideas, he made the Simile of the Line and the Metaphor of the Cave.
The founder of Cynicism, where all divisions were rejected. He was a bold, seemingly strange man who lived in a barrel to show everyone his point. There were few followers.
The empiricist student of Plato. He disagreed with his teacher and said that an object exists because it can be perceived through the senses. He taught students at Lyceum, his school, to find answers through careful observation. He made the basis of the scientific method, and also brought about the idea of the Golden Mean: everything in moderation.
An idea of Plato's in which humans are merely watching shadows on a wall (this life is unreal) and have to get out of the cave to see real things and life a real life.
The founder of Epicureanism, a philosophy in which humans are to pursue pleasure and avoid pain in life. Inner peace is found through rejecting prejudices and turning inward to find one's own interests. Humans are to ignore the world and find their own peace of mind.