How to Use This Course
Regan Barr, cofounder of The Lukeion Project, archaeologist, educator, author, and homeschool parent, brings you Classical Archeology through SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This Classical Archeology class leads your student through a study of the ancient world from a Biblical perspective, as presented through archaeological evidence, covering such topics as Ephesus, the original Olympics, Pompeii, and more. The lessons should be covered in the order they are presented, as they build on the understanding of the uses and limitations of archaeology as presented in the first lesson. If this course is taken in full, it is worth one high school credit, either as a general Social Studies credit or more specifically as an elective in Ancient History. If the course is taken as a college preparatory credit, all reading assignments and questions in each lesson must be completed. If the course is taken as a general elective or supplement to another course in ancient studies, only the assignments which are most appropriate for the student’s abilities, interest, and imagination may be used. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
Join archaeologist Regan Barr as he leads an expedition to the ancient world. Through this exceptional course, complete with online resources and personal photos, students will gain an understanding of archaeology, including its uses and limitations. They will explore the reasons why cities like Rome and Athens have survived while others like Ephesus and Miletus were abandoned centuries ago.
Students will visit Ephesus and learn about the riot that took place there in the first century AD and examine archaeological evidence that supports the biblical account that can be found in Acts 19. They will learn about the history of the Olympics and research the difference between Olympia and Olympus. The fourth unit in the course explores the history of Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Students are given the opportunity to read a first-hand account of the eruption and learn about the lives of Pompeii’s inhabitants from evidence uncovered during excavation of the area.
In the last unit, students will examine ancient architecture such as the Parthenon, the Pantheon, and the Basilica in the context of history, setting, and purpose. Architectural elements of these buildings are discussed, along with a comparison to buildings and monuments that have been built in recent times.
A great deal can be learned about history through archaeology, and a great deal can be learned about the present by studying people and events from the past. We hope you enjoy your trip to the ancient world with Regan Barr.
Printable lessons include links to numerous additional online resources and author’s personal photos of sites around the world
- Unit 1: The Riot in Ephesus
- Lesson 1 – Archaeology – Its Use and Limitations
- Lesson 2 – The Location and Importance of Ephesus
- Lesson 3 – Understand the Riot in Ephesus
- Lesson 4 – Explore the Archaeological Evidence
- Unit 2: High and Dry: Moving Coastlines in Asia Minor
- Unit 3: The Original Olympics
- Lesson 1 – Olympia
- Lesson 2 – Sacred Buildings
- Lesson 3 – Athletic Events
- Lesson 4 – Archaeological Evidence
- Unit 4: Pompeii
- Lesson 1 – Lost and Found
- Lesson 2 – Public Life
- Lesson 3 – Private Life
- Lesson 4 – The Good Life
- Unit 5: Inspiring Architecture
- Lesson 1 – The Parthenon
- Lesson 2 – The Theater
- Lesson 3 – The Basilica
- Lesson 4 – The Pantheon
This course, taken in full, is worth a high school credit: it can fulfill a general Social Studies credit, or be counted more specifically as an elective in Ancient History. Because archaeology is an integrative field, lessons may include elements drawn from geography, ancient literature, ancient history, science, and additional disciplines.
- As a college preparatory credit, please complete all of the reading assignments and questions in each lesson.
- As a general elective or supplement to another course in ancient studies, select those assignments that are most appropriate for the student’s abilities and which best engage the student’s interest and imagination.
– Regan Barr