Comprehensive notes on world history by Frank E. Smitha.


Persian and Civil Wars
The Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. Herodotus. The demise of victorious Sparta.
Greek Ideas
Anaxagors, Thucydides, Hippocrates, Democritus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle.
Alexander the Great
Philip unites Macedonia and dominates Greece. His son Alexander conquers Egypt and Persia.
Alexander's empire disintegrates. Cosmopolitan cities. Hellenism and the Jews. Cynics, Epicureans, Stoics and Skeptics.
Empire & Fragmentation in India
The rise and fall of the Mauryan Empire. Invasions. Mahayana Buddhism and Hindu scripture.
Han China
The rise and fall of Han China. Confuciansim and Taoism.
The Rise of Rome
Rome's origins, religion and laws. Rome dominates Italy.
The Punic wars.
Roman Dictatorship
Rome expands. The historian Polybius. Slav revolts.
The Gracchi. Marius and Sulla.
Jewish Revolts
Revolt of the Macabees and Hanukkah. War among the Hasmoneans and loss of independence.