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Chapter 1: The Roots of Western Civilization

| Chapter Summary | Chapter Outline | Critical Thinking Questions | Review Questions: Multiple Choice | Review Questions: True-False | The Big Picture | Essay Questions | Map Exercises | A Closer Look | Using the Internet | Biography Questions | Guide to Further Research | Chapter in Perspective |

Chapter 1: Guide to Further Research

Students who wish to pursue further research into the cultures covered in Chapter 1 should keep in mind that the Internet has not replaced books as the primary source for information. A lot of information is available on the net, but not all of it is of the highest quality.

General Research Resources

  • The Ancient World Web
    One of the best listings of Web sites to do with the ancient world.
  • Argos
    Argos is a limited-area search engine. In other words, it is a search engine that will only search out sites that have something to do with the ancient and medieval past. It is created and maintained by a team of scholars who maintain specialized link pages.
  • Google
    Google's search methodology makes it the best for research. Currently it offers the most extensive coverage of the major search engines.
  • Exploring Ancient World Cultures
    Although this began as an "online textbook," it has evolved into something more useful, with major indices of online articles, art, and resources, organized into regional/chronological guides.
  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
    Lists, where known, all major online texts in a series of annotated index pages.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    This is by far the best online encyclopedia and is available for no charge on many college networks (otherwise there is a monthly charge, although with a 14-day free trial).
  • Encyclopedia.com
    Less extensive than Britannica, this electronic version of the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia can still be a very useful way to check small details, dates, and so forth.
  • PicturesNow
    A good source for free images for personal use.

Paleolithic Period

Neolithic Period and Agriculture






  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Persia
  • Avesta Page
    A significant collection of Zoroastrian texts.
  • Parthia.com
    Focused on a later period of Persian history than covered in this chapter, but still a good entrance to all things Persian.


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