By popular demand, I am preparing an Ancient World History course for Spring 2021. I make no claim to be an expert in this field. But I am willing to attempt to guide a group of interested undergraduates through some selected readings focused on the period from 3500 bce to 500ce.
At this point, I am interested in suggestions for books/articles focused on any aspect of this period that you have found to be particularly engaging in the classroom for undergraduates. Suggestions for textbooks, sourcebooks, monographs, a particular primary source, graphic novels, historical fiction, films, video series, etc. I am open to anything at this point and simply surveying my options.
Although my current interest in this period lays closer to China and India, I suspect my students are going to be particularly interested in the Mediterranean world of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Suggested works do not need to have a particular focus on being global, I can provide that via the framework designed for the course.
Any help is appreciated.