Articles and Information on Teaching Ancient History:

Why Ancient History Should NOT be Taught First  (by Rea Berg)

Why Use The Great Collection by St. Dimitri of Rostov as Part of Your Curriculum

Why Orthodox Children Should be Taught Church History and the Lives of the Saints Before Secular History

Suggested Reference Materials for Ancient History:

Historical Atlas of the World

Atlas of the Bible and Christianity

Globe

The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
author: Bernard Grun
publisher: Touchstone (2005) 

*The Law of God: An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity
author: Priest Daniel Sysoev
publisher: Daniel Sysoev Inc. (2016)

The Law of God: For Study at Home and School
author: Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
publisher: Printshop of St. Job of Pochaev, Holy Trinity Monastery (1996)
note: Creation account in this book reflects progressive creationism.

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

On Creation:

*The Heavenly Garden: The Story of the Garden of Eden
copyright: Nicholas Fotiou
author and publisher: St. Nicholas Orthodox Educational Society (1978)

*A Visual Catechism of the Orthodox Church
author: Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos
publisher: Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (1999)

On the Old Testament:

*Stories from Scripture
author: Archimandrite Vasilios Bakoyannis
publisher: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press (2001)

A Sacred History for Children
author: Fr. P. Vozdvizhensky
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press (2000)

The Children's Bible Reader
publisher: American Bible Society (2006) 
review: Included are 74 stories from the Old Testament and 81 from the New Testament. Clergy and lay leaders of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit were involved the editing and production of this American edition.
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*The Holy Prophet Moses and the People of Isreal
author: Catalin Grigore
publisher: Iona Publishing House (2012)
US distributor: St. Nectarios Press

*Wise Joseph and His Brothers
author: Catalin Grigore
publisher: Iona Publishing House (2013)
US distributor: St. Nectarios Press

The Great Flood
author: Susan Crowder
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press (1987)

Abraham and Sarah
author: Susan Crowder
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press

Daniel in the Lion's Den
author: Susan Crowder
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press

The Three Children in the Furnace
author: Susan Crowder
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press (1984)

ON THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND PANAGIA:

*Rejoice, Panagia: Offering to Children the Akathist Hymn
author and publisher: Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring (2014)

*Feasts of Christ and the Theotokos and Miracles of the Lord
author and publisher: Spiritual Fragrance Publishing (2012)
note: Book 1 of 8 by Spiritual Fragrance

*The Parables of Christ
author and publisher: Spiritual Fragrance Publishing (2012)
note: Book 2 of 8 by Spiritual Fragrance

The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children
author: Georgia and Helen Hronas
publisher: Light and Life Publishing Company (1990)

The Holy Nativity of Our Lord
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (1993)

The Baptism of Our Lord
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (1994)

Holy Week and Pascha
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2007)

The Story of Icons
Part 2: On the Icons of the Twelve Great Feasts (pages 33-74)
author: Mary Hallick
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2001)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

"The Great Collection by St. Dimitri of Rostov is absolutely the best literature available for young Orthodox children. It is written in the form of a story, in a way that is very engaging for elementary age readers. Some accounts of saints' lives intended for children are 'dumbed-down' either in content or language, or both. Other collections of saints' lives for adults are written in a style more like an encyclopedia, which generally does not interest a young child. The collection by St. Dimitri of Rostov conveys profound truths of our faith and is well-written, while still being very accessible and captivating to the minds and hearts of young children. This is the brilliance of St. Dimitri's writing. It has the ability to form a child in Truth and in the phronema of the Church from a very young age, and to instill in the child what it truly means to be a Christian and to live for Christ.see more on The Great Collection by St. Demetrios of Rostov and how to incorporate it into your early elementary curriculum.

Prophet Moses, the God-seer  (Sept. 4;  page 86)
Prophet Zacharias, father of the Fore-runner  (Sept. 5;  page 98)
The Nativity of Panagia  (Sept. 8;  page 151)
Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna  (Sept. 9;  page 160)
Prophet of Jonah  (Sept. 22;  page 352)
Conception of St. John the forerunner
Prophet Joel (October)
Prophet Obadiah (November)
Prophet Nahum (December)
Prophet Habakkuk (December)
Prophet Zephaniah (December)
Prophet Haggai (December)
Prophet Daniel and the Three Youths (December)
Joseph the Betrothed (December)
14,000 Infants Slain in Bethlehem (December)
Prophet Malachi
Synaxis of St. John the Forerunner
Annunciation of Panagia
Joseph the All-comely

 

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
author: Kathryn Lasky
publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1994) 

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

*The Life of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1989)

*The Lives of the Holy Prophets
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

Jesus of Navee (Sept. 1, page 31)
Eleazar and Phineas (Sept. 2, page 85)
Moses the God-seer (Sept. 4, page 132)
Zacharias and Elisabeth (Sept. 5, page 31)
Joachim and Anna (Sept. 9, page 270)
Jonas (Sept. 21, page 537)
Conception of the Forerunner John (Sept. 23, page 569)
Gideon (Sept. 26, page 689)
Baruch (Sept. 28, page 718)
Abraham and Lot (Oct. 9, page 180)
Hosea (Oct. 17, page 329)
Joel (Oct. 19, page 414)
Jeremias (Nov. 4, page 140)
Achia of Selom (Nov. 12, page 469)
Obdios (Nov. 19, page 760)
Naum (Nahum) (Dec. 1, page 1)
Abbakoum (Habakkuk) (Dec. 2, page 31)
Sophonias (Zephaniah) (Dec. 3, page 143)
The Holy Forefathers of Christ (Dec., page 502)
Aggaeos (Haggai) (Dec. 16, page 653)
Daniel & the Three Holy Children (Dec. 17, page 681)
14,000 Holy Infants Massacred by Herod (Dec. 29, page 1131)
Malachias (Malachi) (Jan. 3, page 92)
Synaxis of the Forerunner John (Jan. 7, page 212)
Samaias (Shemaiah) the Elamite (Jan. 8, page 248)
Symeon the God-Receiver & Anna (Feb. 3, page 103)
Azarias (Feb. 3, page 111)
Zacharias (Feb. 8, page 376)
Zacharias, Father of the Forerunner (Feb. 11, page 481)
Annunciation of the Ever-Virgin Mary (Mar. 25, page 810)
Anani (Mar. 27, page 943)
Joel (Mar. 30, page 979)
Joseph the All-comely (Mar. 31, page 1006)
Olda (Huldah) (April 10, page 316)
Jeremias (Jeremiah) (May 1, page 1)
Job (May 6, page 199)
Esaias (May 9, page 326)
Elissaios (June 14, page 324)
Amos (June 15, page 382)
Elias (July 20, page 826)
Ezekiel (July 23, page 1012)
Dormition of Anna (July 25, page 1121)
Samuel (Aug. 20, page 728)
Ezekias (Hezekiah) (Aug. 28, page 1245)
Anna, daughter of Phanuel (Aug. 28, page 1251)

Old Testament Readings that are read in the services during Great Lent.

*The Law of God: An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity
Part VI: "The Sacred History of the Old Testament" (pages 165-326)
author: Priest Daniel Sysoev
publisher: Daniel Sysoev Inc. (2016)

Our Young Folks' Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews & the Jewish Wars
author: William Shephard (1884)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2004)

Augustus Caesar's World: The Story of Ideas and Events from 44 B.C. to 14 A.D.
author: Genevieve Foster
publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons (1947)

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child
Volume 1: Ancient Times (From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor)
author: Susan Wise Bauer
publisher: Peace Hill Press (2001)
review: This series is not recommended for grades 1-4 as it reflects a Protestant worldview. Suggested for use after the child has established an Orthodox worldview.

Archimedes and the Door of Science
author/illustrator: Jeanne Bendick
publisher: Bethlehem Books (1995)

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine
author/illustrator: Jeanne Bendick
publisher: Bethlehem Books (2002)

Herodotus and the Road to History
author/illustrator: Jeanne Bendick
publisher: Bethlehem Books (2009)

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
author: Elizabeth Payne
publisher: Landmark Books (1964)

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
author/illustrator: David Macaulay
publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (1974)

Pyramid
author/illustrator: David Macaulay
publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (1975)

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
author: G. A. Henty (first published in 1888)
publisher: Dover Publications

The Bronze Bow
author: Elizabeth Speare (first published in 1961)
publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
notes: Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal

 

 

 

The recommendation is to allow the advanced reader to choose from among these titles for a topic that is of most interest to the reader.

On Creation & Evolution:

*The First-Created Man
author: St. Symeon the New Theologian
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (1994)

*Genesis, Creation and Early Man: The Orthodox Christian Vision [Read only "An Orthodox Patristic Commentary on Genesis" (page 63-280)]
author: Fr. Seraphim Rose
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2000)

*Biological Evolutionism
author: Constantine Cavarnos
publisher: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1997)

The Hidden History of the Human Race
author: Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson
publisher: Oxford University Press (1998)

On Ancient Cultures:

Ancient Greeks: Creating the Classical Tradition
author: Rosalie and Charles Baker
publisher: Oxford University Press (1997)

Ancient Romans: Expanding the Classical Tradition
author: Rosalie and Charles Baker
publisher: Oxford University Press (1998)

Ancient Egyptians: People of the Pyramids
author: Rosalie and Charles Baker
publisher: Oxford University Press (2001)

On the Old Testament:

On the Saints: Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas
author: St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359)
publisher: Mount Tahbor Publishing (2008)

St. John Chrysostom: Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2004)

St. John Chrysostom Old Testament Homilies: Volume One - Homilies on Hannah, David and Saul
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2003)

St. John Chrysostom Old Testament Homilies: Volume Two - Homilies on Isaiah and Jeramiah
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2003)

St. John Chrysostom Old Testament Homilies: Volume Three - Homilies on the Obscurity of the Old Testament and Homilies on the Psalms
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2003)

St. John Chrysostom Commentaries on the Sages: Volume One - Commentary on Job
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2006)

St. John Chrysostom Commentaries on the Sages: Volume Two - Commentary on Proverbs and Commentary on Ecclesiastes
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2006)