Agora (2015/Issue 3) – Ancient History

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download contains a wide range of articles about ancient history.

Please note that full-colour, print copies of Agora are also available by annual subscription.


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Editorial | Alan Tiller
President’s Introduction | Ashley Wood


The Persian Wars (480–479 BCE) and the Defence of Thermopylae | Dr Christopher Matthew
How did the Greeks plan to meet the Persian invasion of 480 BCE?

Understanding Ancient Civilisations: Honour and Shame in the Roman Republic | Dr Frederik Juliaan Vervaet
How did honour, pride and shame impact on the social, political and military machinery of the most powerful Republic of the pre-industrial era?

Ancient Mesopotamia: Discovering Civilisation | Dr Andrew Jamieson
Ancient Mesopotamia is one of the most historically significant and archaeologically rich regions in the world. Known as the ‘cradle of civilisation,’ the history of ancient Mesopotamia is essential to our understanding of past and present cultures.

Education Between Artefact and Text | Annelies Van de Ven
How can museums, as traditionally object-based institutions, function as bridges between literary and material sources of knowledge, specifically with regard to the relationship between history and archaeology?

The Rise and Fall of the Egyptian Empire | Richard Long
Studying civilisations that lived thousands of years ago might be more relevant to the modern world than you think.

Ancient Greece: Philosophical Legacies | Andrew A. Pyrcz
Centuries before the birth of Christ, a revolutionary new way of thinking flowered in parts of the ancient Greek world – the age of ‘rational thinking’ had arrived.

Women in Ancient Rome | Nick Frigo
Despite being discriminated against in some aspects of life, women played significant roles in the social and economic fabric of ancient Roman society.


Theban Tomb (TT) 100: Trade, Tribute and Commerce in the Egyptian Eighteenth Dynasty | Greg Naylor
How can a Late Bronze Age Egyptian tomb help students understand economic history before currency?

The Good Stuff: Resources for Teaching History | Ann Parry
A number of useful websites provide a wide range of teaching resources to support busy teachers.