Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Ancient History- History.com
Today's civilizations owe an immense debt to the powerful empires and mighty cities of antiquity. Their inventions, techniques and concepts enabled the advancement of humankind and lay the foundation for life in the modern world.
Selected Streaming Videos
These are streaming videos available to current students and faculty of Columbia College.
Before the Alphabet
This program traces the development of writing, from the earliest Sumerian cuneiform examples and the almost parallel development of hieroglyphics in Egypt, through the evolution of different concepts and shapes to the development of a workable alphabet, explains how the mysteries of cuneiform writing and hieroglyphics were solved, and shows superb examples of these early forms of writing
The Ancient Greeks
More than 2,500 years ago the ancient Greeks drew the first accurate map of the known world. Greek philosophers laid the foundations of the science of geography; Herodotus was the greatest geographer of ancient Greece.
Selected DVD's & Videos at Stafford Library
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
DVD 930.09 Se82f 2002
Discusses the architectural achievements of the ancient world known as the Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Colossus of Rhodes.
The Roman Empire in the first century
DVD 937.06 R661k 2001
This program chronicles the emergence of the powerful Roman Enpire from a chaotic period of violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war and clashes between the classes as well as the sexes.