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Welcome to Ancient History! Here you will learn about the Ancient Classical History of the Greeks and Romans, as well as the Egyptians and other ancient civilizations that helped shape Western culture. From decisive battles to cultural and social revolutions, we'll examine the most interesting and unique aspects of ancient times.

The Myth of Venus and Adonis

Adonis is a character from Greek mythology who was loved by the goddess Aphrodite. He represents fertility and rebirth, and was honoured annually by...

Ancient Views of Religion Affected by Geography

Significant geographical differences between the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations affected popular religious development and views of an afterlife. Religious belief, mankind’s relationship with a higher...

The Praetorian Guard – Bodyguards and Kingmakers

The elite force was supposed to protect the emperor and his palace, police Rome, interrogate and guard the emperor’s prisoners as well as to...

The History of the Vampire Myth

For hundreds of years people have been fascinated by tales of blood sucking vampires. But where does the story of vampires come from? The story...

The History of Taxation

Paying taxes, and avoiding paying taxes, is an act older than the pyramids. The history of taxation is the history of civilization. All forms of...

Commanders and Kings in Antiquity

In these egalitarian times, it may be unfashionable to say so, but Nature which is the driving force behind life on Earth, has never...

Alexander the Great, and Greatness

Alexander took part in all of the above activities, yet history still calls him Great: can this judgment be justified by any of his...

The Heavy Armored Gladiators of Rome

The Heavy Armored gladiators have been grouped into eight categories. It should be understood that some types of gladiators were more popular than other...

Susa – The City Between Two Rivers

The modern metropolis of Shush, in Iran, rises over the ruins of an ancient cultural center of grandeur and wealth: the great city of...

The Greatest Ancient Generals of All Time

These men help to redefine battle strategy and tactics which would go on to shape over 1,000 years of the geopolitical spectrum. Alexander, the Great...

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1907 Deadly Coal Mine Disasters

Hundreds of Italian and Hungarian immigrants were among the 601 workers killed in the record breaking 1907 West Virginia and Pennsylvania coal mine explosions. As...

Utter Massacre on the Oregon Trail

In 1860, eight families from the mid-West joined together to follow the Oregon Trail to Oregon. They were attacked by Indians when near their...

Oregon Governor Sylvester Pennoyer

Oregon Governor Sylvester Pennoyer served two terms from 1886-1894. He was a champion of the working man. His outrageous quips frequently appeared in national...