Classical Education History Resource List

Textbooks:
Story of the World books 1-4
Story of the World activity books 1-4
Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (basic text for Logic stage but helpful in grammar stage)

Great Men and Women to Cover
Grade 1 – Ancients 5000 B.C. – A.D. 400:
Cheops, pharaoh of Egypt (2700-2675 B.C.)
Abraham (2100 B.C.)
Hammurabi (1750 B.C.)
Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt (1480 B.C.)
Moses (1450 B.C.)
Tutankhamen (1355 B.C.)
Nebuchadnezzar (1146-1123 B.C.)
King David (1000 B.C.)
Homer (800 B.C.)
Romulus (753-716 B.C.)
Sennacherib (705-681 B.C.)
Lao-tse, Chinese philosopher (born 604 B.C.)
Pythagoras (581-497 B.C.)
Confucius, K’ung Fu-tsu (551-479 B.C.)
Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (550-480 B.C.)
Socrates (470-399 B.C.)
Plato (427-347 B.C.)
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.)
Hannibal, fought with Rome (218-207B.C.)
Cicero (106-43B.C.)
Julius Caesar (100-44B.C.)
Virgil (70-19B.C.)
Ceasar Augustus (45B.C.-A.D.14)
Jesus Christ (4B.C.-A.D.33)
Saint Paul (A.D.45)
Nero (died A.D. 68)
Constantine the Great (ruled A.D. 306-337)

Grade 2 – Medieval/Early Renaissance 400-1600:
Saint Augustine (writing c. 411)
Attila the Hun (433-453)
King Arthur (probably killed in 537 at Battle of Camlan)
Mohammed (570-632)
Charlemagne (ruled 768-814)
Alfred the Great (849-899)
Leif Ericsson (discovered America c. 1000)
Edward the Confessor (1042-1066)
Genghis Kan (b. 1155)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)
Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)
Johannes Gutenberg (1396-1468)
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512)
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Raphael (1483-1520)
Nostradamus (1503-1566)
John Calvin (1509-1564)
Hernando Cortes (entered Mexican capital, 1519)
Tycho Brahe (1546-1601)
Walter Raleigh (1554-1618)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Suggested biographies (not sure why these aren’t in chronological list above):
Sir Francis Drake
Elizabeth I
Joan of Arc
Leif Ericsson
Marco Polo
Montezuma

Grade 3 – Late Renaissance/Early Modern 1600-1850:
Mary Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587)
Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
James I of England (1566-1652)
Queen Nzinga of Angola (1582-1644)
Shah Jahan (1592-1666)
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)
Charles I (1600-1649)
Rembrandt (1606-1669)
John Milton (1608-1674)
Robert Boyle (1627-1691)
Louis XIV of France (1638-1715)
Issac Newton (1642-1747)
William Penn (1644-1718)
Peter I, Peter the Great (1672-1725)
Yoshimune (1684-1751)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Frederick William I, Frederick the Great (1688-1740)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Qianlong (1711-1795)
Maria Theresa (1717-1780)
Catherine the Great (1729-1796)
George Washington (1732-1799)
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Betsy Ross (1752-1836)
Phyllis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Louis XVI (1754-1793)
Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
George III of England (1760-1820)
Eli Whitney (1765-1825)
Captain James Cook (1768-1771)
Tecumseh (1768-1813)
Napoleon (1769-1821)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and WIlliam Clark (1770-1838)
Simon Bolivar (1783-1830)
Shaka Zulu (1787-1828)
Sacagawea (1788-1812)
Nat Turner (1800-1831)

Historical Topics
the Mayflower
early American Settlements
Russia under Peter the Great and his successors
Prussia in the eighteenth century
the Enlightenment
the agricultural revolution
Native American cultures
the British in India
the French Revolution
British-French conflict in Canada
the American Revolution
the Napoleonic Wars
the industrial revolution
Simon Bolivar’s fight for independence in South America
the siege of the Alamo
the California gold rush
Australia’s beginnings as a penal colony

Grade 4 – Modern 1850-Present:
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
Louis Joseph Papineau (1786-1871)
Samuel Morse (1791-1872)
Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858)
Santa Anna (1794-1876)
Robert E Lee (1807-1870)
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
David Livingstone (1813-1873)
Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Victor Emmanuel II (1820-1878)
Susan B Anthony (1820-1906)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
Catewayo of the Zulus (1826-1884)
Sitting Bull (1831-1890)
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)
George Custer (1839-1876)
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
Mutsuhito (emperor of Japan) (1852-1912)
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1948)
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Josef Stalin (1879-1953)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Benito Mussolini (1883-1945)
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)
Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969)
Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)
Francisco Franco (1892-1975)
Mao Zedong (1893-1976)
Czar Nicholas II (1895-1917)
Amelia Earhart (1897-1932)
Albert Einstein (1897-1955)
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974)
John F Kennedy (1917-1963)
Nelson Mandela (1918-)
Margaret Thatcher (1925-)
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Neil Armstrong (1930-)
Saddam Hussein (1937-)
Bill Gates (1955-)

Suggested biographies (not sure why these aren’t in chronological list above):
Louisa May Alcott
Susan B Anthony
Clara Barton
Mary McLeod Bethune (educator born as 15th child of former slaves)
Elizabeth Blackwell (first woman dr)
Frederick Douglass
Emma Edmonds
Albert Einstein
Mohandas Ghandi
Langston Hughes
Helen Keller
Mary Todd Lincoln
Thurgood Marshall
Louis Pasteur
Molly Pitcher
Eleanor Roosevelt
Babe Ruth
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Harriet Tubman

Major Events:
Africa under European control
the Indian mutinies
the Crimean War
the Victorian era
the Civil War
exploration of the American West
Euro-American conflict with the Native American tribes
the Boxer Rebellion
World War I
the Russian Revolution
the Soviet Union
the Great Depression
the New Deal
civil war in Spain
the Axis and the Allies
World War II
Nazi Germany/Hitler
the Holocaust
Zionism/the Jews’ return to Palestine
apartheid/South African segregation
China under Mao
the Korean War
the civil-rights movement
the Vietnam War
landing on the moon

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*Well Trained Mind also includes an extensive list of supplemental reading for all grades which would be worth perusing.

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