Classical History

Jennifer Courtney

Welcome to Classical History at!

classicalhistory_endThis course will supply you with weekly lessons to help you explore ancient history from the first recorded civilizations through the fall of Rome. There will be suggested readings for children of all ages including high school students.

Hi, I am Jennifer Courtney, and I will guide you through these lessons. I’ve been home educating my four children since 2004. I’m the coauthor of the Classical Acts and Facts History cards series.  I have a passion for teaching world history to students of all ages, particularly as these studies help to illuminate the study of Scripture and the Church.

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Why study ancient civilizations?

An understanding of ancient civilizations can illuminate your child’s understanding of the people groups mentioned in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the Israelites conquer and are conquered by their nearest neighbors including the Hittites, Canaanites, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Their worship of the one, true God continually produces conflicts with these polytheistic people groups.

Polytheism is a compound word with Greek roots—poly meaning “ many” and theos meaning “gods.” Knowing this can enrich your child’s understanding of how God reveals Himself to Abraham as the one true God. It helps them understand the importance of the commandment which says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Familiarity with the Egyptian gods and goddesses helps to illuminate the Plagues in Egypt which were sent to combat the many gods of ancient Egypt.

To supplement your studies of the New Testament, it helps to understand the primary civilizations of the time—Greece and Rome. For example, a study of Paul’s missionary journeys comes to life if children are familiar with the Greek gods that Paul argued against as he brought the Good News.

Join me on a journey that will span over three thousand years!

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Course Outline:

Lesson 1 – Age of Ancient Empires

Lesson 2 – Egyptians

Lesson 3 – Hittites

Lesson 4 – Canaanites

Lesson 5 – Assyrians

Lesson 6 – Babylonians

Lesson 7 – The Exodus

Lesson 8 – The Conquests

Lesson 9 – Israel’s United Kingdom

Lesson 10 – Israel Divides Into Two Kingdoms

Lesson 11 – Founding of Rome

Lesson 12 – Israel Falls to Assyria

Lesson 13 -Assyria Falls to Babylon

Lesson 14 – Judah Falls to Babylon

Lesson 15 – Babylon Falls to Persia

Lesson 16 – Jews Rebuild the Temple

Lesson 17 -Golden Age of Greece

Lesson 18 – Persia Falls to Alexander the Great

Lesson 19 – Caesar Augustus and the Pax Romana

Lesson 20 – Paul’s Missionary Journeys and the Greeks

Lesson 21 – Persecution Spreads the Gospel

Lesson 22 – Herod’s Temple Destroyed by Titus

Lesson 23 – Diocletian Divides the Roman Empire

Lesson 24 – Constantine Legalizes Christianity

Lesson 25 – Council of Nicea

Lesson 26 – St. Jerome Completes the Vulgate

Lesson 27 – Augustine of Hippo

Lesson 28 – Council of Chalcedon

Lesson 29 – The Fall of Rome

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Jennifer Courtney currently serves as the Director of Training and Development for Classical Conversations.  She is the co-author of the Classical Acts and Facts History Cards series and of the book Classical, Christian Education Made Approachable.  Jennifer writes for the Classical Conversations Writer’s Circle as well as a variety of homeschool and other education websites and magazines. In addition to home educating her own children, she tutors high school students once a week in Latin, Shakespeare, poetry, US History, philosophy, logic, and Chemistry.  She and her husband Tim live in Oklahoma where they home educate their four children.