Household Genius wearing a toga

Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

The gold medal of the 2012 Olympics

The Olympics

To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.

The Phoenician Alphabet

Getting to Know the Phoenician Alphabet

Roll over the different symbols below to learn more about the Phoenician Alphabet, from which the modern western alphabet evolved.


Gudea of Lagash, ca. 2012 BCE

World History for Us All

World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.

Archimedes Palimpsest Project

The subject of this website is a manuscript of great importance to the history of science, the Archimedes Palimpsest. This thirteenth century prayer book contains erased texts that were written several centuries earlier still. These erased texts include two treatises by Archimedes that can be found nowhere else, The Method and Stomachion.

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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives aims to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

Greek god Hephaestus


This NEH-supported educational website from the Universities of Cincinnati and Tübingen has archeological information, animations, geography, history, time lines, myths and legends as well as teaching and learning resources: all in an engaging format for the classroom. 

Museo Nacional de Historia: “¿Te lo dejaron de tarea?”

Museo Nacional de Historia: “¿Te lo dejaron de tarea?”

A homework help site that includes an overview of facts and biographical information on figures of Mexican history. The site is sponsored by the National Museum of History of Mexico, housed at the Chapultepec Castle. Advanced and native-speaking students. AP recommended.

Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy

Dēmos is a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. The aim is to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves. The earliest work on Dēmos was supported by grants from Furman University and the NEH.

Quinto de Primaria Historia

Libro de Texto de QUINTO DE PRIMARIA — Historia

From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on history (mostly Mexican history), including timelines, text, visuals, questionnaires, self-evaluation. Intermediate through advanced students and native-speaking students.