Teaching Women’s World History
Through the Web

Topic #1: Ancient/Classical World


It's vital at the beginning of the year to find ways to incorporate women's experiences into commonly taught World History topics. Use some of these sites for glimpses into the types of work women did, the specific rights they were granted in some cultures, and the influence of some powerful women.

1)  Accessing Women's Lives in Mesopotamia  Lesson using excerpts gleaned from Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets and artifacts. Includes excerpts from the Hammurabi Code.

2)  Women's Legal Rights in Ancient Egypt  Essay.

3)  The Status of Women in Egyptian Society Essay.

4)  Women's Rights: Ancient Egypt and the United States A comparison classroom lesson.

5)  Ancient Egypt for Kids Simplified short description of the position of women in the New Kingdom.

6)  Who Was Cleopatra?  Smithsonian biography: Mythology, propaganda, Liz Taylor and the real Queen of the Nile.

7)  The Search for Cleopatra, “World’s First Celebrity.”  Youtube comments by the National Geographic Society, ending with recent archeology to uncover her world and burial.

8)  Women in Ancient Greece For Athenian Greece, the question to ask is: “What did Democrat mean for women?.” This is an easily accessible start to examine information about their roles and status.

9)  Aspasia Information about Milesian, the woman who may have influenced Pericles and Athenian politics.

10)  Aspasia: The Lost Legend:  Article analyzing primary accounts of her biography used in the plays of Aristophanes, the historical record of Xenophon, and the dialogues of Plato.

11)  Aspasia Surrounded by Greek Philosophers  Free Image of a painting by Michel II Corneille (1671 - 1680). Socrates is depicted in red. Short biography included.

12)  Legal Status of Women in Ancient Rome  Essay describing paterfamilias concept:

13)  Women’s legal rights in Roman World  Documents.

14)  Female Fury in the Forum:  Primary source activity using the demonstration of women against the Apian law (195 B.C.), and Hortensia’s famous anti-taxation speech in the Roman Forum (42 BC).

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