Ancient History Resources for Schools

Ancient History Resources for Schools

Resources for Schools

Macquarie University events for school students and teachers

MALS: Macquarie Ancient Languages School

Monday to Friday 8 - 12 January 2018 (Summer Week 2018)
Registration now open: for program and registration go to MALS website.

$3000 Archaeology Travel Scholarship for teachers

Macquarie University invites interested and qualified teachers of Ancient History or Studies of Religion to apply for a travel scholarship to participate in either or both of the following opportunities in January 2018:

Biblical Archaeology course in Israel. 4-23 January 2018.

Fully accredited intensive summer course on the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East during the biblical period, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

To what extent can we trust the Biblical narrative? How does it stack up against evidence from archaeological and extra-biblical literary sources? This is a unique opportunity to explore the issues with world-leading experts on Ancient Israel and the Near East in an engaging course designed for teachers. The course includes illustrated lectures and visits to famous sites & museums. It is accredited for Professional Development.

See more information and the full program here.

Go on an archaeological dig. 28 January – 15 February 2018.

Be part of a new archaeological excavation at the site of Khiret el-Rai (nearby to Lachish and approx. 60 kms SW of Jerusalem)

Channel Indiana Jones as you join a unique archaeological dig directed by Macquarie University, Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. This dig will train you in the latest scientific archaeological techniques while seeking to resolve a burning question – was there ever a united monarchy under King David and Solomon? Was this crucial site occupied by Canaanites, Philistines or Judahites (Israelites)? What can the archaeological evidence reveal?

Teachers can participate in the course, the dig or both. More details and application forms are available from:

Dr Eve Guerry or Dr Gil Davis

Visiting scholar lecture

When: 4 August 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

Where: Macquarie University, Australian Hearing Hub lecture theatre.

What: Professor Yossi Garfinkel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), a leading scholar on the archaeology of Israel during the biblical period, will give a public lecture, entitled:

Lachish: A major Canaanite City State and the Second Largest City in the Kingdom of Judah

More details: Dr Gil Davis

Visiting scholar lecture

When: 7 August 2017, 7:30pm

Where: Macquarie University, Museum of Ancient Cultures (level 3, X5B)

What: 2017 Australian Centre for Numismatic Studies senior fellow.

Prof. Oğuz Tekin is professor of Archaeology and Art History at Koç University (Turkey) and the Director of the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations. He is the Vice-president of the Turkish Institute of Archaeology. He will give a public lecture entitled:

Markets and Weights in Antiquity

It is a good chance to find out about what is happening in Turkish archaeology!

More details: Dr Ken Sheedy

Annual Conference for Teachers 2017

When?: 31 March & 1 April 2017

Where?: Powerhouse Museum and Maritime Museum

What?: A conference for teachers of Stage 6 Ancient History and Studies of Religion

Program at

 NESA accredited.

Closed and completed.

MAHA: Macquarie Ancient History Association Events

SSEC - The Society for the Study of Early Christianity

Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Digital Exhibitions:

The Coinage of Ephesus

The Ephesus Coinage website was designed to make the diverse collections of Ephesian coins available to the students of the Department of Ancient History, and to the wider public.

The Coinage of Julius Caesar

The web exhibition Julius Caesar highlights some of the 800 coins in the Gale Roman Republic Collection, an invaluable resource for the teaching of Roman history and numismatics.

Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society

The Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society (MAHRS) was founded by PhD Candidates at Macquarie who felt a need for greater rapport between fellow students who had research interests in Asian history. MAHRS is not only a society, but a forum within which members may discuss and contest ideas on aspects of Asian historical cultures.

We aim to keep our ‘ears to the ground’ and to inform our members of the goings-on in Asian historical research in Australia and abroad.

Resources for Ancient Rome 

Check out these exciting classroom resources. Each of these are a great trigger to use at the start of a lesson.

Check back soon for more material and updates.

Dr Caillan Davenport is a lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University. Check out his article published on "The Conversation" on November 23, 2017:

Caillan Davenport, "Guide to the Classics: Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars explores vice and virtue in ancient Rome",

See these awesome clips contributed by Professor Ray Laurence, Macquarie Univeristy
Blog: Lucius’ Romans 
6 minute Cartoon Film: A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome 
8 minute cartoon: Four Sisters in Ancient Rome 
2 minute film: The Roman Nursing Goddess: Dea Nutrix 
2 minute film: How Migration Shaped Britain Part 1 
5 minute cartoon: A Day in the Life of a Roman Client 

Resources for Ancient Greece 

Check out these great resources for use in your classroom:

Barefaced Greek is a UK-based production company. They are focused on making short films that include excerpts from Greek tragedy and comedy in the original language. You can check out the films via their website,

Stephen Hodkinson, "Transforming Sparta: New Approaches to The Study of Spartan Society", Ancient History: Resources for Teachers, Macquarie Ancient History Association, vol.41-44, 2011-2014. 
Click here for free full text digital copy of this article.

The Top Ten of Ancient Greece!

Top Ten Websites
  1. Http://
  2. (database of imaging projects for stele etc)
Top Ten YouTube Clips
  1. (What did democracy really mean in Athens?)
  2. (what is a primary source?)
  3. (reliability of sources)
  4. (how to evaluate sources)
  5. (Ancient Greek Politics)
  6. (Ancient Greece Governmental Structure and its history)
  7. (Why Socrates hated democracy – thought this would be interesting to show viewpoints of the democratic system from a contemporary time to the period being studied)
  8. (recreation of Promithea festival and reliving ancient greek life)
  9. (Coin production in Ancient Greece)
  10. (Defining the Agora. This youtube channel also defines other greek words in quick and simple videos, like the Boule video)
Top Ten Museums with Ancient Greek Collections
  7. (British Museum)
Top Ten Archaeological Digs of Ancient Greek Sites
  5. (info, pictures, and even an interactive plan of the Acropolis)

Resources for Ancient Egypt 

Coming soon!

Ancient History video lectures by Macquarie University

WATCH video of 2016 Ancient History and Studies of Religion Conference.

Ancient History Teachers' Panel Discussion at Macquarie University with Mr Darren Taylor, HSIE Inspector, NESA. 14 November, 2016.

'History or Literature? (The Origins of ASCS)', by Emeritus Prof. Edwin Judge AM, read by Prof. Alanna Nobbs AM - Part 1 of 2.

'History or Literature? Or how we fell into this bind' (follow up presentation) by Emeritus Prof. Edwin Judge AM - Part 2 of 2.

Outreach photo 1Outreach photo 2
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