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HS History of the Ancient Middle East

1.0 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Thomas Herrington

Thomas Herrington

Instructor Information:

Office: On-Line
Office Hours: 15:15-16:15; 20:30-21:30
Office Telephone: (662) 202-4911

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

History of the Ancient Middle East: 2000 B.C. ñ 100 A.D. (one-year course)

Required Textbook:

  • Atlas (online versions will suffice)
  • Bible (online versions are readily available)
  • All other information is embedded in the course

Recommended Texts & Other Readings:

  • Almanac - to read the synopsis of Middle Eastern countriesí history to help get a frame of reference
  • A map of modern day Middle East - this will help you put things into perspective
  • YouTube - find various videos on the rise and fall of various Middle Eastern empires

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

Click this Course Standards link for a full list of the standards covered in this course.

Course Outline:

This course consists of an introduction and 19 sections.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Intro The Ancient Middle East PowerPoint, Videos Quiz, Dropbox Assignment

The Chaldeans

PowerPoint Quiz, Dropbox Assignment

The Egyptian Empire

PowerPoint, Fact Sheet, Videos Dropbox Assignment

The Assyrian Empire

PowerPoint, Videos Quiz, Dropbox Assignment

The Babylonian Empire

Uploaded Web Page Quiz
Kings and Queens PowerPoint Quiz, Dropbox Assignment

The Great Pyramids

Videos Quiz

The Roman Empire

Document, Video Quiz
8 The Ways of War Video Quiz
Midterm Project Dropbox Assignment
9 Israel Documents Quiz, Dropbox Assignment

Trade in the Ancient Near East

PowerPoint Quiz
11 Chronicles PowerPoint Dropbox Assignment
12 Conflict and Expansion Videos Quiz
13 Famous Finds PowerPoint Quiz
Hammurabi's Code PowerPoint Quiz
The Near East and the Old Testament Kings Documents Quizzes
The Dead Sea Scrolls PowerPoint, Video Quiz
17 Inventions and Technology PowerPoint Project Dropbox Assignment
18 Ancient Middle East as Recorded in Biblical Manuscript Documents, PowerPoints Quizzes based on the documents
19 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle... Find a New Heroine that Ruled the Ancient Middle East; PowerPoint Example Dropbox Assignment
Final Exam Password-protected proctored exam to be scheduled in advance.

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

  • Projects / Essays = 40%
  • Chapter/unit vocabulary/comprehension quizzes = 30%
  • Midterm / Final Exams = 30%