"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future." -Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor between 161 and 180 CE)

This year, we will study some of the empires that Marcus Aurelius had in mind when he wrote down these thoughts. We will start in the time before writing was even invented, then we will follow humankind as our ancestors settle down, build homes, cities, civilizations, and empires. The empires that we will study this year are those in the Middle East (Mesopotamia), Egypt, Greece and Rome.