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Ancient and Medieval History Online

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

Now fully revised with a completely redesigned, user-friendly interface, Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of nine civilizations—ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, ancient and medieval Asia, and the Islamic World—from prehistory through the 1500s. Each civilization's key people, events, and topics are brought to life through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, primary sources, timelines, maps and graphs, and more. A powerful new feature is full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases in your collection for an even more comprehensive view of history.


  • Comprehensive Coverage: images and tablet/mobile-friendly videos, slideshows, timelines, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, and maps and graphs
  • Easy Access to Content: at-a-glance, editorially curated overview of core content on the home page, with handy access to important areas at the top of every page
  • Focused Topic Centers: specially selected entries, resources, videos, and slideshow overviews that provide a study guide for a particular civilization
  • Primary Sources: thousands of original documents
  • Featured Videos and Slideshows: videos and SMART Board-friendly slideshows that provide a fascinating visual look into topics
  • Authoritative Source List: full and partial text from a wealth of proprietary print titles
  • History Cross-Search: full cross-searchability allowing users to tailor searches across any combination of the Infobase history databases to which your institution subscribes.


  • Universal Folder for all saved items across any Infobase history databases in your collection
  • Correlated to Common Core, national, state, provincial, and International Baccalaureate Organization standards
  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists
  • Tag "clouds" for all content, linking to related material
  • A detailed general timeline, plus civilization-specific timelines
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Enhanced Save-to-Folder functionality
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago styles
  • Read Aloud feature
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, number of search results, and correlation/standard
  • Persistent record links
  • Searchable Support Center with help articles, video tutorials, and live help chat.

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

"...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

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

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

Reference Reviews

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

American Reference Books Annual

"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."

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

"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

"...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."