Ancient Civilizations Webquests and Resources

by Lynne Schalman and Steve Bergen
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Last revised 12/23/07

Ancient Greece

Webquest for Ancient Greece The Task: You are going back to ancient Greece as a reporter, but first you will have to decide what topic you want to write about. Your choices are Sports, Entertainment, Religion, Food, Fashion

Homer's Odyssey: A Guide to understanding the Odyssey through a study of Greek Mythology: The Task: Acting as classroom historians, you will explore the world of Ancient Greece, its cultures, geography and myths. When you complete your quest you will have a better understanding of the lives of the ancient Greeks as well as an appreciation of the myths woven into the fabric of Homer's immortal tale.

The Odyssey Game: In this web game you can choose to be either Odysseus himself or his young son Telemachus or his beautiful wife, Penelope. If you choose Odysseus, you begin your adventure as you are about to leave Troy on your voyage home to Ithaca. Where will you head for first ...? If you choose Telemachus, you are about to hear news of your father for the first time in nearly ten years. How can you help him...? If you choose Penelope, you are about to be very surprised by your son's behavior ...

Ancient Rome

Let's Journey to Ancient Rome The Task: During this Webquest you will use teamwork and the Internet to explore Ancient Rome and learn about their daily life, myths, and government.

Did Rome Fall or Was it Pushed? The Task: Your team is assigned the task of researching the reasons for the fall of Rome and coming to a conclusion as to why it did. As you investigate, be sure to consider and compare your research to the status of the United States. Look at each question carefully and answer it with an eye on both the past and the present. As George Santayana said, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."

Unearthing the Lost City: The Task: Who were the Romans? What made their civilization unique? How did everyday life impact the structure of their cities? What unique architectural designs did they invent? How did they use these new designs to establish components of their cities?

Links to Greece, Egypt, Rome, Jerusalem and The Ancient World

  1. Illustrated History of the Roman Empire provides timelines, history chapters, pictures of recreated chariot races,maps. pictures of Roman ruins and much more.

  2. Perseus Project at Tufts University is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond

  3. The Classics Page is an extremely interesting site that provides links, Latin translations, teacher resources, games and a host of activities for the study of Ancient Greece and Rome

  4. Diotima is a site that provides resources for the study of women and gender in the ancient world

  5. Exploring Ancient World Cultures is a valuable resource for exploring Ancient Near East, Ancient India, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe

  6. The Ancient World Web provides annotated links to art, history, architecture, daily life, mythology, science and religion

  7. Myths and Legends Home Page links are organized by region and language group

  8. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World presents beautiful reproductions and a wealth of information about The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, etc.

  9. Asian Studies