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Cultural Legacies of Ancient Civilizations Series (8 Programs)

Cultural Legacies of Ancient Civilizations Series (8 Programs)
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DVD Item#: 24224
Program: 15 Min. Each
Closed Captioned
Through dramatic re-creations, 3D animations, insightful scripts, and worldwide location footage, this series connects both action events and key concepts that shaped each of the great Ancient Civilizations.
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Item# 24208, $49.00
Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality
The Egyptian pharaohs tried to create immortality for their god-king legacy. They attempted it with mummification and huge tombs, but most were destroyed by grave robbers and the passage of time.

Item# 24214, $49.00
Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy
Like the Phoenicians, the Greeks were a collection of city states during their great Hellenic period. And even though they often made war on each other, every four years, during the Olympic Games, they sublimated their violence into a fusion of mind and body worship dedicated to their chief god, Zeus.

Item# 24222, $49.00
Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire
Like the Romans, the Incas conquered a large number of cultures, binding them together with a network of roads. The Incas also showed remarkable engineering skills in buildings and terraced farming fields, as at Machu Picchu.

Item# 24218, $49.00
Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth
The Khmer Empire, now modern Cambodia, was largely unknown until the nineteenth-century discovery of the ruins of Angkor Wat, an astonishing temple complex. Long abandoned, its huge and beautiful symmetry reveals it as an attempt to create a Hindu concept of Heaven, here on earth.

Item# 24220, $49.00
Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals
The Mayan Empire was supported by sophisticated mathematical and astronomical knowledge. These ideas were integrated with their religious sacrificial practices, as in their life-or-death ball games.

Item# 24210, $49.00
Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence
The Minoans, a prosperous, peaceful island people in the Mediterranean region, influenced the Greeks, as seen in the Greek Minotaur and Theseus myth. Minoan art suggests a peaceful life without war, with violence sublimated in their bull-worship rituals.

Item# 24212, $49.00
Phoenicians: The Alphabet & Carthage?s Hannibal
The Phoenicians did not create an empire, but several city-states such as Byblos and Carthage. They were very successful seafaring traders. Their most influential legacy is the creation of a simple alphabet for business transactions.

Item# 24216, $49.00
Romans: Inclusive Conquest & Loyal Citizens
The Romans ruthlessly conquered Carthage and the rest of the Mediterranean region, but also gained the allegiance of most of the people they subdued. How? By giving them citizenship and including them in the benefits of empire, best exemplified by one of Rome?s good emperors, Hadrian.
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Cultural Legacies of Ancient Civilizations Series (8 Programs)

Social Studies     World History     World Geography & Cultures 

Through dramatic re-creations, 3D animations, insightful scripts, and worldwide location footage, this series connects both action events and key concepts that shaped each of the great Ancient Civilizations. These programs will grab students’ attention to enhance and enrich the textbook, giving them a sense of the life and times, and revealing philosophical, political, economic, religious, and social ideas in each culture. The series also compels higher level thinking skills by challenging viewers to analyze some of the universal, historical conflicts between ideals and real events.

 
   Key Benefits:
  • Correlates with states’ World History and World Geography & Cultures curriculum standards, where these courses are typically taught in grades 7-12
  • Higher order thinking skills result from these media programs more than most by encouraging viewers to analyze the intellectual causes of events portrayed and dramatized
  • Re-creates the feelings and atmosphere of ancient civilizations more effectively than most other teaching tools available
  • Production values of the highest level: feature film look of ancient peoples, places and events, supported by 3D animations to reveal details of how these cultures lived and worked
  • Legacies is a common pedagogical concept for teaching about ancient civilizations in text books: for instance, McDougal Littell’s World History ©2009