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 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'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).
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.
A good source for free images for personal use.
Neolithic Period and Agriculture
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Persia
- Avesta Page
A significant collection of Zoroastrian texts.
Focused on a later period of Persian history than covered in this chapter, but still a good entrance to all things Persian.