History Odyssey Classic: Ancients


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Revised! The revised edition of History Odyssey Ancients Level Three is now available only from Pandia Press. The revised edition uses the new main spine for Level 3 History Odyssey (The History of the World). It also includes the applicable portions of “How to Read a Book Study Guide” by Christine Allen.

Format: PDF, color interior

Pages: 186

Grade level: appropriate for 9th (advanced) – 12th grade. Ancients 3 is an advanced high school level course. For high school students who have not had significant prior experience in reading classical literature and expository writing and rhetoric, we recommend instead adapting our Level 2 History Odyssey courses to high school level by adding a few research and writing assignments.

Course type: Study guide (Please see the Booklist for the books and materials required to complete this course.)

From first civilizations to the fall of Rome, Ancients Level Three is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with literature, world geography, and writing activities. This comprehensive course covers the successes and failures of Ancient civilizations from all parts of the world such as the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Mayans, the Hittites, the Persians, the Mesopotamians, and many others.

Ancients Level Three is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 6000 BCE to CE 500. Level 3 History Odyssey guides are written to be used independently by students with the parent/teacher assisting when necessary with lessons and assessing the student’s completed work.

Literature and writing instructions and assignments found in the course include how to read classic literature, how to write a thesis statement, defining epic literature, essay writing, literature matrixes, literary analysis, logic and rhetoric as applied to literature and history readings, producing critical biographies, comprehending literature through storyboards, advanced outlining of history readings, and more.

Critical thinking with history studies found in this course include identification of connections and cause/effect relationships, compare and contrast ancient civilizations, timeline analysis, thorough analysis of primary sources including historical speeches and historical political writings, and decertification of connections between geography and history through extensive map work.

This guide includes:

  • 21 ancient history blackline maps
  • Worksheets
  • How to Read a Book Study Guide (applicable parts)
  • Recommended resource list
  • 165 detailed lessons covering:
    • Literature
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Timeline instructions
    • Research

Ancients 3 Answer Key now available!

The History Odyssey Method– Five learning techniques are woven throughout all History Odyssey courses at age-appropriate levels: Students examine multiple resources, read historically significant literature, develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, practice and refine written and verbal expression, and study world geography and geographical significances throughout the history of humankind.

Please refer to the article The Best Way to Learn History for more information about the History Odyssey method of learning.

The History Odyssey method found in Ancients 3:

  • Examine resources about the ancient history of groups from Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Eastern Asia, Africa, Phoenicians, Persia, Greece, China, India, Rome, and more.
  • Read ancient history as an exciting narrative (The History of the World)
  • Read classic literature and mythology
  • Examine various primary sources

  • Learn ancient history through classic literature
  • Read mythology and tales from various cultures
  • Read classic literary works

  • Develop points of view and present arguments through well-composed essays
  • Create compelling and concise thesis statements
  • Compose well-written research papers
  • Practice public speaking and rhetoric skills
  • Write biographies on significant individuals during ancient times and identify their effects and influences on history


  • Exposure to at least three sources for history events
  • Organize, filter, prioritize, and discern vast amounts of historical data
  • Refined practice evaluating the validity of history sources
  • Practice literary analysis of classic literature
  • Complete literature matrices to assist in the comprehension of challenging literary works
  • Practice the art of writing and assessing arguments
  • Study and analyze military figures, operations, and battles in ancient history
  • Compare and contrast groups and leaders in ancient history
  • Analyze how different groups of people in ancient history were influenced and affected by religious beliefs
  • Practice proper attribution of sources
  • Analyze timeline data for critical elements in events such as connections, anomalies, parallelisms, or contradistinctions
  • Analyze and interpret primary sources including speeches, poetry, and documents

  • Detailed identification of land and water areas significant to ancient history
  • Gain a better understanding of events in ancient history through detailed map work and completing map keys
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effects in ancient history
  • Analyze how geography influenced trade, travel, wars, spread of ideas, and the communication between groups during ancient times

Important Copyright Information: If you choose the eBook version of this course, you are purchasing a license to use the PDF for your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook to others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing (kate@pandiapress.com).

The following books and literature are required to complete this course:
The History of the World by J.M. Roberts
The World’s Great Speeches edited by Copeland, Lamm, & McKenna
A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by N.K. Sandars
The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems translated by R.B. Parkinson
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagels
The Boys’ and Girls’ Herodotus by John S. While, LL.D.
The Life of Alexander the Great by Plutarch, translated by John Dryden
Callias: The Fall of Athens, A Story of the Peloponnesian War by Alfred J. Church
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato, translated by Tredennick & Tarrant
Lives of Famous Romans by Olivia Coolidge
Classical Ingenuity by Charles F. Baker & Rosalie F. Baker
The Classical Companion by Charles F. Baker III & Rosalie F. Baker

Recommended Resources:
The History Odyssey Timeline
A world history atlas

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