Ancient Art: Persepolis/Ancient Iran The Detroit Institute
of Arts http://www.dia.org/collections/ancient/persepolis/persepolis.html
This site gives a brief introduction to the history and culture of
ancient Persia. It is illustrated by objects in the museum's collection.
Click on each object for further description and discussion.
Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall? Annenburg/CPB Exhibits http://www.learner.org/exhibits/collapse/
This site explores the collapse of four ancient civilizations, including
Mesopotamia. It investigates whether there are common reasons for
Flints and Stones: Real Life in Prehistory The Museum of
Antiquities (U.K.) http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/flint/menu.html
This site explores the culture of prehistoric hunter-gatherer peoples
living in Britain and northwest Europe. There are lots of activities
to explore, including an illustrated timeline of prehistory and a
quiz about what prehistoric people ate.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World http://ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/
This site gives a brief introduction to the seven wonders of the ancient
world, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Virtual Dig Out Royal Ontario Museum http://www.rom.on.ca/activities/westview/westkids.html
This site was created by students at Westview Centennial Secondary
School in Toronto, Canada. The site includes an online excavation
of Near Eastern objects from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Books about Near East
Ali, Maureen. The Middle East. Silver Burdett Press, 1988.
This book introduces readers to the history and lifestyles of the
people in the Middle East.
Glubok, Shirley, ed. Digging in Assyria. Macmillan, 1970.
This book is a fascinating adaptation of archaeologist Austen Henry
Layard's Nineveh and Its Remains.
Gundlach, Susan. "Gilgamesh: The Quest for Immortality." Calliope
Magazine: World History for Young People. Cobblestone Publishing,
This article concisely recounts the myth of Gilgamesh. The other articles
in this Calliope magazine examine epic heroes in other cultures.
Hunter, Erica C.D. First Civilizations: Cultural Atlas for
Young People. Facts on File, 1994.
This book explores the ancient Near East through maps, illustrations,
and information that describes the development from hunting and gathering
to urbanization. You'll also be able to read about the invention of
writing and the rise of empires like Assyria and Persia.
"Mesopotamia." Calliope Magazine: World History for Young People.
Cobblestone Publishing, Sept./Oct. 1993.
This entire issue focuses on the cultures that prospered in the ancient
Near East: the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Articles
also introduce some of the archaeologists who worked there.
Odjik, Pamela. Ancient World Series: The Sumerians. Silver
Burdett Press, 1990.
This book discusses the civilization of the Sumerians, including hunting,
medicine, clothing, religion, laws, legends, and recreation. Color
photos, maps, and drawings enrich the text.
Roaf, Michael. Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient
Near East. Facts on File, 1990.
This book traces the history and development of the ancient Near East
from neolithic times to the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the
Great in the fourth century B.C. Special feature articles focus on
everyday life. Maps and sidebars on archaeological finds and site
discoveries complement and enhance the main text.
Treasure Chest: The Holy Land. Running Press, 1997.
This treasure-filled kit is packed with activities and games exploring
the lands of the Bible. It includes a model Temple of Jerusalem, rubber
stamps of the ancient Hebrew alphabet, replica "knuckle bones" game
played by the Roman and more!
Tubb, Jonathan N. Bible Lands: Eyewitness Books. Knopf,
This book is filled with photos and maps depicting the peoples and
civilizations of the Holy Land, including Canaan, Israel, Persia,
and the cities of the Phoenicians. You'll see lots of great objects
from the British Museum collection.
Wilder, Cynthia. "Sumerian: The World's Oldest Writing." Faces:
The Magazine about People. December 1988. 10-14.
This article covers the development of cuneiform writing and describes
how scribes were trained. This issue of Faces magazine looks at writing
in other ancient cultures too.
Zeman, Ludmila. Gilgamesh the King. Tundra, 1992.
This book is a beautifully-illustrated retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh,
half-god and half-man, whose adventures in Mesopotamia are some of
the first stories ever recorded. Some clay tablets mentioning Gilgamesh
are over 5000 years old!