To what extent is the history of ancient civilisations a story about progress? Ancients civilisation make progress and story telling is part of that. Story telling is part of the ancient civilisations making progress because story telling made, transportation, entertainment, and beliefs possible. I think story telling made transportation possible because when we look at many era's before, the time when civilisation didn't have paper and pencil yet, stories were told orally. The told stories weren't only told for entertainment but also to inform others, like kings, dukes and warlords. Those informative messages could be to brief them about dangers, upcoming threats, invitations, etc. Of course, you needed people to transmit those messages for you which created jobs. This still happens up to this day, for example, the mailman who gives us information and stories that are happening. In the end, story telling was a big part of causing transportation to occur. Second, story telling is the main root of entertainment and beliefs. Entertainment caused beliefs to happen in the world of men. Beliefs such as cursed woods, holy lakes and haunted castles, but it also generated peace when believed that a god would protect them. For example, when we look at Uruk in ancient Mesopotamia, it had a temple to worship their god, Anu. Thinking that they would be protect and safe while worshipping him. This caused evolution to happen in civilisations since they had to build armies to fight evil or build mighty palaces to worship gods. Overall, I think story telling is a important part of our evolution.