The History curriculum for 5th and 6th grades in a Waldorf school follows the thread of development of the post-Atlantean cultures through Ancient India, Persia, Egypt and Chaldea, Greece and Rome.
This provides a picture of the changing human consciousness from ancient clairvoyance to the loss of spiritual vision and, with it, the awakening of independent awareness and materialism. Wilkinson guides the teacher to a deeper understanding of the spiritual significance of mythologies and great epics, and shows how the ancient world points the way to the future.
Ancient India - The Ramayana, Krishna, Buddha
Ancient Persia - Zarathustra
Egypt and Babylon - Isis and Osiris, Gilgamesh
Greece - The Illiad, Theseus, Demeter and Persephone, The Odyssey, The Argonauts, Hercules, Prometheus, City-states, Biographies
Rome - Political development, Development of Christianity, Conquests and collapse, Biographies
Author: Roy Wilkinson
Age Range: Gr 5-6