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World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras by ABC-CLIO

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras from ABC-CLIO explores the early cultures, powerful dynasties, and the development of societies across the world, giving students a historical road map of the events and innovations that shaped civilization itself.

Help Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of History

Available in both academic and school versions, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras offers worldwide perspectives on topics ranging beyond Western civilization to ancient Africa, the Islamic world, and the East. 

Overviews and activities are enhanced with thousands of authoritative primary and secondary sources, in-depth explorations, and profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world. Students can explore Era Stories, such as Athens and Sparta, Alexander's Legacy, The Mongol Empire, and The Black Death. Other features include: 

  • Activities that encourage student inquiry by posing questions
  • Feature stories that draw connections between the history being made today and its ancient and medieval origins
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries written by noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

Created in collaboration with prominent historians, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras goes beyond the facts with tools and resources to help students develop a deeper understanding of history and learn how to relate the events of the distant past to the ongoing development of human history.

Topic Centers Include:

  • Prehistory: Beginnings to 1000 BCE
  • Egypt and the Near East: 3200–500 BCE
  • Ancient Asia: 3000 BCE–500 CE
  • Ancient Greece: 2000–30 BCE
  • Ancient Rome: 1000 BCE–500 CE
  • The Byzantine Empire and Russia: 300–1500 CE
  • The Islamic World: 600–1500 CE
  • Africa: 3000 BCE–1500 CE
  • The Americas: 3000 BCE–1500 CE
  • Central and East Asia: 500–1500 CE
  • Medieval Europe: 500–1500 CE