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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.

Octavia, Wife of Nero: Seneca’s Tragedy – Roman Empress Octavia’s Marriage, Exile and Death...

Octavia was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius and his wife Messalina. Her mother was executed in their childhood for committing adultery, and...

Rome’s Third Servile War: One of the First Great Battles Against Slavery

While many students of American history are probably familiar with the story of John Brown and his attempt to gain support for a slave...

The Ancient Roman Diet: Typical Food and Ingredients Used in Roman Cookery

Judging by the evidence of recipes and carbonised shopping lists from Pompeii, the average Roman family’s diet would have been simple and nutritious. Some...

Pliny, Tacitus, Josephus and Jesus: Why These Writers Don’t Prove Jesus Existed

Christian scholars will point to passages that occur in the writings of Tacitus, Pliny and Josephus to prove that Jesus existed. This requires a...

Athenian Democracy: The Greek Origins of Rule by the People

It is a well-established historical fact that Democracy began with the Greeks; but how similar was this system to those in the modern world? “Democracy...

Greek Colonization and its Impact on the Mediterranean World

Greek legends often tell us about countless expeditions and stopovers on distant islands and shores. These legends actually recount episodes of the...

Aesop and his Fables in the Modern World

Growing up as children, one can remember little stories such as "The Dog who lost His Bone", "The Ants and the Grasshopper",...

The Rise Of Abdi-Ashirta Of Amurru

During The Late Bronze Age, while the major powers were preparing for war, an ambitious warlord built a kingdom on the Syrian...

Mythical Creatures: The Alluring Sirens

Sirens have always been considered a threat to sailors, luring their ships to rocks and the mariners to their deaths.

Elephant Warriors in the Ancient World: Roman, Persian, Carthagenian and Mughal Armies with War...

For the last 3000 years, generals have found elephants to be useful in waging war. They have gored and stomped their way through infantry...
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