Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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Module 2: The Mediterranean and Beyond in Antiquity Lessons in this module highlight numerous important developments that diffused into or from regions adjacent to the Mediterranean: horse riding and the wheel, food crops and spices, and three…

The lesson describes the so-called Mediterranean Diet, its history and significance in the modern era, and traces the history and geography of the foods and culture of which it is made, beginning with the defining role played by olive, date, grape,…

Students use primary sources in the form of texts and objects from excavations of Bronze Age sources from the second to the first millennium BCE—the Uluburun shipwreck, the port city of Ugarit, and a passages from the Hebrew Bible and other ancient…

This lesson traces the origins and diffusion of three major developments and innovations, in transportation, metallurgy, and language, and describes how historians have explored the evidence of their development and movement beyond their origins.…

This lesson gives students insights into the importance of Carthage and its connections with peoples and powers in the Mediterranean from its founding as a Phoenician colony to its defeat by the Romans, its reconstruction, and final disappearance as…

This brief lesson provides context for the empires that students study in detail in typical courses, by giving points of reference and framing questions about imperial expansion into and out of the region (Assyrians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Persians,…

This lesson invites students to appreciate the variety of religious experience in the Mediterranean region through objects that express religious imagery, and through texts that express religious concepts. The lesson is designed to suggest…
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