Ancient History for Kids

Here you will find a great collection of poems about people and creatures from ancient history. They make excellent bedtime stories for young children, or fun poems and educational for older children.

You will know some of these stories already, but here, for the first time, they are told in the form of children's bedtime story poems. Fun and educational, both for the kids and the grown ups!

As a parent or teacher you may copy or print out any of the poems/stories and pictures, and read them to your little ones without having to ask permission. Please, however, do not use the poems for any commercial purpose (such as magazines, newspapers, or websites) without contacting us first.

Ancient History Poems

I've never seen a real dinosaur.
There aren't any of them around any more.
They lived in a prehistoric time,
I’ll tell you about them in this rhyme.

Ancient Egypt
With this fun poem you will find out about heiroglyphics, pyramids, pharoahs, gods, and some famous Egyptians like Tutankhamun, Ramesses, and Cleopatra.

Ancient Greece for kids
All you need to know about Alexander the Great, Archimedes, Pericles, and those oh-so-clever Ancient Greeks.

The Seven Wonders of the World
Find out about the most amazing buildings of the ancient world in this collection of fun poems.

The History of the Olympics
This poem celebrates the origins of the Olympics in Ancient Greece, as well as some of the heroes of the modern games.

Famous Romans
Learn about Ancient Rome, and especially the most famous Romans - such as Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Hadrian, Claudius, and more!

 The Destruction of Pompeii
The story of the worst natural disaster of the ancient world. 

Hannibal Barca was one of the most famous and successful enemies of the Rome. He led an army of 100,000 men (including war elephants!) from Spain, across the Pyrenees and the Alps, to attack the Romans in Italy itself.  

Hadrian's Wall
The massive wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian still stands today in Northern England. Find out all about it in this great poem.

This poem tells the story of an escaped gladiator called Spartacus, who led an army of slaves, who fought bravely against their former masters, the Romans.  

Boudicca, the Warrior Queen
This is a tale of Boudica.
The Iceni Warrior Queen,
One of the most fearsome women
There has ever been.

What the Romans did for us
Find out what the Romans did for us, with this funny poem.

All the story poems on history-for-kids are funny, educational, and best of all, free!

Poems are added regularly, so please bookmark this site and check back later for more.

Ancient History Timeline

Dinosaurs lived from about 248 million years ago to 65 million years ago

130,000 BC Neanderthals in Asia

60,000 BC Homo Sapiens in Australia

30,000 BC The Stone Age begins

12,000 BC Ice Age begins, and lasts 4000 years

8,000 BC The first farmers in the Middle East

5,000 BC Sumarian civilization in Mesopotamia

3,300 BC The Bronze Age begins

3,000 BC Beginning of Ancient Egyptian civilization

2580 BC Work begins on The Great Pyramid of Giza, lasting 20 years

2,400 BC Ancient Britons build stonehenge

1,600 BC Beginning of Mycenaean civilization

1279 BC Ramesses the Great's reign begins in Egypt

1,500 BC Beginning of Ancient Chinese civilization

1,200 BC The Iron age begins

1,193 BC The Trojan War

1,000 BC Beginning of Ancient Greek civilization

776 BC The first Olympic Games

400 BC Golden age of Greek philosophy

356 BC Birth of Alexander the Great

509 BC The Roman Republic is established

146 BC The Romans conquer Greece and integrate it into the Empire

44 BC Julius Caesar assassinated

60 AD Queen Boudica leads an uprising against the Romans in Britain

64 AD Great Fire of Rome. Nero unfairly blamed.

72 AD Work begins on The Colosseum in Rome, lasting 8 years

117 AD Work begins on Hadrian's wall

395-476 AD Fall of the Roman Empire

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