Welcome to Image Odyssey, an interactive investigation of the ancient Mediterranean world. Using Neatline’s geospatial mapping platform, the digital exhibits below offer an exciting opportunity to examine ancient artifacts, uncover hidden connections, and learn about historical and archaeological contexts.


Four components comprise each exhibit:

  1. Intro Descriptions: When you enter the exhibit, you will see a brief description of the exhibit contents. Close this window to begin exploring items.
  2. Items: The right side of the webpage contains a list of exhibit items. Click on the items. The format of each item is consistent: (a) theme-related image, (b) investigate prompts, and (c) summary facts about the item.
  3. Investigate: Each item contains investigative prompts. These are typically questions about the image details, location of discovery, or wider geographic significance. Record your answers on a separate piece of paper (or according to your teacher’s preference).
  4. Using the Map: Each item is plotted on the interactive Google Map, enabling you to zoom in and out. You can change the map layer (e.g., terrain, streets, satellite) by selecting the icon at the top right. To access the Google Maps web browser, select the link “GOOGLE” at the bottom left. Proceed through each item until you complete the exhibit. 


A final reflection requires you to write a short essay response about your experience. What prior knowledge of the topic did you have? Were the new ideas you encountered conceptually challenging? What shift in perspective did the exhibit instigate? Did you uncover the inter-relatedness of an idea pertaining to the exhibit that was previously hidden or imperceptible? Did you feel led to discard any aspects of an earlier held perspective? Alternatively, did you embrace a new conceptual framework? What was most memorable about your journey through the exhibit? Did you acquire a new discourse or way of describing the past and the present? In a final summary paragraph, use your first-hand investigations to elaborate further on the main idea found in the introductory description of the exhibit.


Investigation, discovery, and transformational learning.

Image Odyssey offers a unique way to study the past. Each exhibit contains a series of inductive learning tasks that require students to think critically as they explore thematic topics. The structure of the learning tasks are pedagogically informed by theory and practice of active and engaged learning and guided-discovery learning. The content of each exhibit instigates a learning process intended to lead students through pre-liminal, liminal, and post-liminal stages in their journey towards a new understanding that is long-lasting and reconstitutive. To read more about the pedagogical theory informing this exhibit, see the resources page on threshold concepts.


To begin your journey into the most formative era of western civilization, select one of the exhibits below, or preview the embedded map.

Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites




The Ancient World Project offers educational tools for instructors and students, but also seeks to open new avenues for individuals to become active participants in the creation of new knowledge. Go beyond the Image Odyssey exhibits by creating your own exhibit project or assigning projects to your students. Information on using Omeka’s Neatline geospatial and temporal platform can be found here.