Daily Life in
Ancient Sumer, Babylon & Assyria (Mesopotamia) - What do a sailboat and a wheel have in common? They were both invented by the ancient Sumerians. Find out what happened to kids in school who disobeyed their teacher! Meet the first superhero - King Gilgamesh. Come meet the people who lived 5000 years ago in the land between two rivers.
Ancient Egypt - Do you know what the ancient Egyptians believed would cure a toothache? Find out here! Read Egyptian Tall Tales! Learn about daily life thousands of years ago! Enter the "Tombs" where you can watch a short movie about mummies, learn to draw like an Egyptian, and more!
Ancient Greece - How would you have behaved if you had lived in ancient Sparta? (Lie, cheat, steal, because that is the Sparta way!) Or in ancient Athens? Or in Corinth, Argos, or Megara? Meet the Greeks! They were a riot! And choose your city-state!
Ancient Rome - If you had lived in ancient times, would you have chosen to become a Roman citizen? You might have! The ancient Romans invented more games than any other culture! Come join the Empire! Find out what the ancient Romans did all day!
Ancient China - Learn about Taoism with Winnie-the-Pooh! Explore daily life in 4 different Chinese dynasties. Meet weird emperors like Hu the Tiger! Read things written in B.C. times! For those in a hurry, use the Cheat Sheet, for a very quick look at 11,000 years of ancient Chinese history!
Ancient India - What did the ancient Indians wear? What did they eat? Did kids play with toys? Did they go to school? This site shares daily life in three major time periods; the mysterious Indus Valley Civilization, the Vedic & Epics Periods, and the Age of Empires.
Ancient & Medieval Africa - Explore daily life in five huge trading kingdoms - The Kingdom of Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Benin, and Kush. Trade salt for gold! Meet famous people like Soniata the Hero, Mansa Musa, Sonni Ali the Great, and the most famous of all - Anansi the Spider!
Ancient Mongols - The ancient Mongols invented the ger - but what is a ger? Learn about whistle arrows, fabulous hats, horse head fiddles, well-wishing, salty tea, and the magical Shamas. Read the story of The Warrior Well. Meet the felt tent people. Welcome to ancient Mongolia!
The Iron Age Celts - Ancient Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man - The Iron Age Celts were very clean. They are credited with the invention of soap! They loved music, feasting, and fighting. They lived in clans, respected their druids, and created stories about fairies, elves, and leprechauns. Come meet the Celts, and enter a world of longhouses and loyalty.
The Vikings - The Vikings were a smart, creative, artistic, democratic people. Their society was built on law and order. Women had rights and family was important. They created wonderful stories about monsters and other magical creatures. They were farmers, craftsmen, traders, explorers, looters, and fierce warriors. Come meet the talented people of the north!
Inca Empire - The Incas never invented the wheel. They never invented a system of writing. They had no use for money. Yet, high in the rugged Andes Mountains of South America, the Incas built thousands of miles of well-paved roads, kept accurate records, and enjoyed vast wealth. Everyone in the empire was well fed and no one was homeless. Who were the Children of the Sun?
Maya Empire - One day, the Mayas appeared. 1500 years later, they disappeared. No one knows where they came from and no one knows where they went! During their stay, they build pyramids, temples, stelas, and ball courts. Enjoy the exciting adventure of the Hero Twins. Play a game of Bul! Come meet the Children of the Corn.
Aztec Empire - All people, in the Place of the Prickly Pear Cactus, had to follow a set code of behavior. All kids went to school, even slaves, because everybody needed to know the laws and follow them. The Aztecs honored exceptional athletic ability, so it's not surprising that they also loved dangerous sporting events. But they also loved poetry. Their poetry was about love, and children, and war, and good deeds, and proper behavior (of course.)
Daily Life in the Middle Ages - King Charlemagne was a great king. He was not one to sit on a throne and rule. He was always roaming about. King John was a terrible king. He was such a liar that his men rose up against him and made him sign the Magna Carta, which changed Feudalism forever! Enter the Age of Knights and Lords and Ladies and Serfs, the famous Crusades, and the horrible Black Death! Find out what happened when people began to leave the manors and move to towns!
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