Wednesday, March 22, 2006

EyeWitness to History

EyeWitness to History. This site has profiles of historical characters and events, from ancient times to today, told with the images and words of those who lived it.

The site notes that it is, "Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming."

One of the featured front page articles is Cleopatra Seduces Antony, 41 BC. After an introduction setting the historical context, an ancient source by Plutarch is used to tell the story. Plutarch was a Greek historian who wrote a history of the life of Antony in the first century AD.

Other articles are similar with an introduction and then a shift to other sources such as photographs, letters, and contemporary accounts. Many of the articles about more historically recent events rely on primary source material.

This is a nice site which makes for quick and interesting reads in different time periods. I imagine it is quite popular with high school and college students as well.

1 comment:

Jennie W said...

I'm thinking of using this link in my online western civ class - anyone have any input on this subject?