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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.

Roman North Africa And Cultural Interaction

Many cultures interacted in the Roman province of Africa, centred upon the region known as Africa Proconsularis (i.e. modern Tunisia and northern Libya) Prior to...

Asclepius: The Greek God of Healing and Medicine

Asclepius is a renowned figure in Greek mythology and his symbol (a staff with a snake wrapped around it) is still used in modern...

Five Ancient Buildings: The Historical Significance of Ancient Architecture

The earliest buildings were practical shelters, meant to protect human beings (and their hominid ancestors) from the dangers of the natural world. In time, these...

Khufu: Tyrant and Great Pyramid Builder

World famous for commissioning the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, Khufu was a tyrannical...

Sobek, Ancient God of the Crocodile in Egyptian Mythology

Crocodiles are believed to be over 200 million years old. These fierce and powerful creatures were feared and worshiped in the Nile Valley. Crocodiles are...

Scribes in Ancient Egypt

Scribes were important people in Ancient Egypt. They carried out both administrative and religious function and were highly prized for their skills. The role of...

Burial In The Ancient World: The Entombment and Honoring of the Dead

The way in which human beings treat their dead has changed little since the time of ancient Babylon. The burial of the dead remains...

The History of Mosaic Art: An Ancient Art of Function and Design

Pictures and designs created with various types and colors of tessera (tile) and other materials form mosaic art with more than just a decorative...

Ancient Mythology and Views of Creationism: Stories of How the Earth and Mankind Were...

According to the Holy Bible, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth; but there are other, some even older, stories to...

Religion and Spirituality of the Ancient Egyptians

Ancient Egyptian religion seems to be based on an obsession of death, but it can also be seen as a desire to live. Their...
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