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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.

Ancient Greek Love Magic – Spells for Attraction: Aphrodisiacs, Curses, Voodoo Dolls, Secret Names...

In the ancient Greek world not all was fair in war, but it certainly was in love. Unrequited love and sexual desire are the...

Egyptian Queens of the 18th Dynasty: Sitamun

Sitamun was the eldest daughter of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, and she was elevated to the rank of a Great Royal Wife of...

The Second Intermediate Period in Ancient Egypt

The period between 1675 and 1553 BC, Egypt's great glories in the past, saw decline under a succession of ineffective, as well as weak...

Ankhesenamun – Ancient Egypt’s Lost Princess: Tragic Forgotten Wife of the Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamen

If it wasn't for the discovery of Tutankhamen’s all-but-intact tomb, this king of relatively small importance would have remained in obscurity. Had their tombs...

The Babylonian Captivity: The Influence of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the Jewish Exiles

King Nebuchadnezzar II conquered Jerusalem and forced the inhabitants into exile. Here, they were able to fill the gaps in their own tribal stories...

Abu Simbel’s History: The Great Temples of Ramesses II

Located on the west bank of the Nile south of Aswan, in what used to be Nubia, the temples of Abu Simbel were completely...

Sneferu, King in 4th Dynasty Egypt: The Benevolent Pyramid Builder

Sneferu was so amiable he offered to replace a turquoise charm lost in the river by a palace lady. But he took prisoners and...

Pepy I Meryre, King of Egypt: Survivor of a Queen’s Conspiracy and Named a...

Pepy is said by Flinders Petrie to have left more monuments, large and small, than any other ruler before the Middle Kingdom. He built...

Summary of the Beginning of the Trojan War: The Cause of the War Between...

The Trojan War, according to Greek Myth, pitted the Greeks against the Trojans. The war was at first fought over Helen of Troy, the...

The Domestic Roots of Ancient Alchemy: Women’s Work and their Role in the Science...

Before speaking of women alchemists, it is helpful to first define alchemy in broad strokes. Alchemy is the precursor to modern science, particularly chemistry,...