Ancient History

New World Archaeology (2006)

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The National Gallery of Art strives to present exhibitions of art from times and cultures beyond its own collections. This DVD includes two programs on ancient Olmec and Maya cultures and includes live footage of major Olmec and Maya sites in Mesoamerica.

  • Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico 18 minutes
  • Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya 30 minutes
Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:48
New World Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian and Greek Art (2006)

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The National Gallery of Art strives to present exhibitions of art from times and cultures beyond its own collections. This DVD comprises four video programs made in conjunction with special exhibitions on the art and cultures of ancient Egypt and Greece.

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High
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01:23
Ancient Egyptian and Greek Art

Scythians and Sarmatians

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Provides an overview of the history and ancient culture of the Scythians and Sarmatians. Features maps and illustrations, a timeline, a glossary, and sources of additional information.

Scythians and Sarmatians

Kid's Animated History with Pipo: Disc 3 (2012)

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Kid's Animated History With Pipo presents The Time Compass -- showcasing significant historical events in a humorous and easy to understand style. This delightful series plays out in a book-like format, taking viewers on a journey in time. From Ancient Egypt to Classical Greece and India...

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:44
Kid's Animated History with Pipo: Disc 3

Kid's Animated History with Pipo: Disc 2 (2012)

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Kid's Animated History With Pipo presents The Time Compass -- showcasing significant historical events in a humorous and easy to understand style. This delightful series plays out in a book-like format, taking viewers on a journey in time. From Ancient Egypt to Classical Greece and India...

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
01:06
Kid's Animated History with Pipo: Disc 2

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (2012)

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Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS.

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Middle
High
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05:44
Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

Trade Routes and Transportation (2005)

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For the Sumerians, the Tigris River served as an important early trade route. They used it to obtain scarce commodities, such as metal and wood, in exchange for their grain. See how they traveled by river and over land to trade with India and Egypt. Then examine how technological advances, such as the cart, facilitated transporting people and goods.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:20
Trade Routes and Transportation

The Development of Written Language (2005)

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In the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Sumerians developed a written language. Examine how they carved cuneiform characters into clay tablets. Then explore Sumerian folktales.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:20
The Development of Written Language

From Nomads to Farmers (2005)

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Explore the agricultural practices and technological devices that led to the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia. Meet the nomadic people who became farmers, and see how they established city-states, developed specialized work skills, and advanced organized religion.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:20
From Nomads to Farmers

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization (2010)

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It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundation of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen.

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Middle
High
Length: 
02:45
The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization