A young teenage girl looks up at the ceiling beneath the columns of the Athenian Academy in Athens, Greece.
Social Studies

Golden Age

Why did civilizations fall from their Golden Ages, and what lessons can we learn from what happened?

Project Description

Students are introduced to the concept of a “golden age” in the history of civilizations around the world—a time when a civilization flourished, a time of peace, prosperity, and achievement. Working in teams, students choose a particular civilization, such as Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome; the Tang Dynasty in China; the African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai; the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs; the Gupta Empire in India; and 8th–14th century Islam. They conduct research on their civilization’s golden age and why it declined or ended, then they communicate their learning to the public through a museum exhibit.