Ancient Civilizations


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The Mystery Of Ancient Civilizations!
The earliest civilizations dating back thousands of years still astonish us with their achievements in architecture, science, art, and techniques. Built on the ruins of 10,000 years of advanced cultures such as the Greek, Roman, Mesopotamia, Mayan, Indus, Egyptian, and others - Today's achievements and knowledge is primarily attributable to these Ancient Civilizations through archaeology and written records.

Around the fifth millennia BC (5000-4500 BC) the civilization of Sumer emerged in a swamp region in Mesopotamia. Our knowledge regarding the history of these Sumerians is not yet complete, but writings give evidence to prove that Sumeria was the earliest civilization discovered so far, of populistic, merchant city-states (First parliament consisting of two-chambers). Trade and inventions from the Sumerians accelerated development of Mesopotamia and probably India and Egypt.

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Ancient Origins Of The Olympic Games

Professor Jeremy McInerney

Although the modern version of the Olympic Games has been around for over 100 years since its revival at the 1896 games in Athens, the Olympics have a rich and exciting history that goes back to ancient Greece. A crucial aspect of Greek culture, the ancient Olympics emphasized the ideas of heroism and honor.

Olympic Games Lecture 1

Olympic Games Lecture 2

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Indigenous Peoples Of The Americas

Marshall C Eakin

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the Pre-Columbian inhabitants of North, Central, and South America, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those peoples.

Native Peoples Of The Americas Lecture 1

The Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas Lecture 2

Conquistadors and The Incas Lecture 3

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Download [lecture 2] - 30.20min 6.78MB
Download [lecture 3] - 29.40min 6.64MB

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Various forms of sundials were used throughout the centuries by numerous early civilizations. Elaborate sundials were not only used for telling time but also presented the early cultures with a means to predict significant times of the year.

With the ability to tell time and date, the ancients were able to correctly document past events and plan for their future. This achievement also allowed for accurate planning of religious and social rituals, and provided for successful agricultural events.

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