Detail of an Ancient Greek Kylix

Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.

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 Greek Alphabet

Getting to Know the Greek Alphabet

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



  • Phoenician alphabet interactive

    Created December 21, 2011

    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.


    world history map from bridging world history website

    Bridging World History

    Part of the Annenberg Foundation's Learner.Org site, this rich website supports the study of World History with classroom materials and professional development tools. Materials include videos, an audio glossary, a thematically-organized interactive, and more.

    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.

    Time Warp Trio character

    Time Warp Trio

    Time Warp Trio is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.

    PBS: The Buddha

    This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    Portrait of M.L. King from the website

    Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism

    NEH funded online archive of educational resources on the history of natural law, natural rights and American Constitutionalism designed and written by scholars associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.