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Ancient and Medieval History Online

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An Exploration of World History, from Prehistory through the 1500s

Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of nine civilizations—ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, ancient and medieval Asia, and the Islamic Empire. Covering prehistory through the 1500s, this authoritative online database features a user-friendly interface. Users can research each civilization in depth or use the browse feature to conduct comparative studies of events and developments across civilizations.


  • Complete coverage: Primary sources, event and topic entries, biographies, timelines, images and iPad/mobile-friendly videos, maps, and charts
  • Unique Topic Centers: specially selected entries on nine civilizations and regions to help users find a starting point for their research
  • Overview civilization essays: overview essays describing key cultural topics
  • Original maps and charts: hundreds of original maps and charts, with captions, illustrating key sociological and historical concepts
  • Video Gallery
  • Authoritative source list: full and partial text from a wealth of proprietary print titles.


  • Biographies
  • Events and topics
  • Primary sources
  • Timelines
  • Images and iPad/mobile-friendly videos
  • "Editor's Selection of the Month" 
  • "Focus on History through Video" feature with video gallery
  • Dictionary
  • "Did You Mean...?" search feature
  • Persistent record links
  • Examples of full citations in MLA, CMS, and APA styles.

--------- Ancient and Medieval History Online Facts On File 06/01/2001

"...comprehensive...the Topic Centers Index is an excellent forum for getting a feel for the content."

Library Journal

"...encapsulates the classical and medieval world into one streamlined package...puts copious amounts of information at the click of a mouse...A stand-out feature of the site is the 'Focus on History through Video' gallery...an excellent resource for high-school and undergraduate collections seeking to support advanced study in the related fields."


"Users will find concise information on the ancient civilization of Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesoamerica. Its more than 100 original maps, charts, and tables [are] often hard-to-find in other sources. Navigation is extremely easy...quite comprehensive...A nice supplement for social studies classes studying ancient history."
The Book Report

"The thousands of fully hyperlinked subjects and time line entries, biographies, maps, and charts bring together a vast array of subjects...The screen is easy to read, and the navigation is simple...Background information provided for the maps, visuals, and tables is especially well done...Primarily recommended for public and school libraries, though academic libraries will appreciate its ready-reference appeal."
Library Journal

"...the Facts On File databases...have a clear, intuitive, easy-to-use and understand interface...the Facts On File databases, with their reference book resources, their collection of maps and images, and the number of videos included, is a great value for its subscription price. I like the special resources, like posters, tent cards and web page icons...I also appreciate how easy it was to download MARC records for my library's OPAC program."

Paul Zaccagnino, Salesian High School, New Rochell

"...highly recommended for small and medium-sized public, academic, and school libraries...easy to use...extremely student-friendly."

"...a handy, accessible reference...Recommended."

"...useful to students in the middle and high school grades..."

American Reference Books Annual

“…excellent, vast and comprehensive…highly recommend[ed]…”

Reference Reviews

"...a wealth of information...this database's scope and ease of use make it an asset for any school or public library."

"...browseable and attractive...very useful...a gorgeous update on an already superlative...database."

"...will be particularly useful for teachers and librarians to use as a teaching and research tool...useful to students in the middle and high school grades researching on this topic."

American Reference Books Annual