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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.

Who was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick was born in Scotland to Roman parents. After being kidnapped, Patrick was able to convert all of Ireland to Christianity in his...

The First Religions: From Nature Worship to Monotheism

It was logical that the first religions to arise in the world involved the worship of Nature. To prehistoric peoples Nature was a mighty,...

The Buddhas of Bamiyan: A Tradition of Buddhist Art in the Heart of Afghanistan

Today the locals call them "Salsal" and "Shamama." The world knows them as the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Salsal and Shamama presided over the Bamiyan Valley...

Labyrinths Around the World: Differences in Historical Labyrinths

Labyrinths and mazes can be seen all around the world today but their origins begin in our prehistory, about 2500 BC. A labyrinth is similar...

Spartacus and the Third Servile War: The Thracian Gladiator who Defied Rome

Not much is known of Spartacus's early life. He served in an auxiliary unit in the Roman army - probably as a cavalryman, since...

Ellora: India’s Wonder in Stone

While the earliest rock-cut "caves" in India appear around 100 BC, the first of the 34 caves at Ellora were excavated around AD 550....

Who was “Good King Wenceslas?”

Every year hundreds of people sing the popular Christmas Carol "Good King Wenceslas", but was he a real person or is the carol...

Roman Roots Of The Christmas Holiday

Many Christian holidays incorporate the original pagan ceremonies of the fire festivals and feasts. During the days of the Roman Empire, Saturnalia always fell...

The Gifts of the Magi

Why God wanted gold, frankincense and myrrh; the original Christmas wish list was given to Moses by God. The Three Magi mentioned in the...

Halloween – Black Cats and Other Superstitions: Myths and Beliefs About All Hallows Eve

Beginning with Celts' celebration of Samhain, and its transition to All Hallows' Eve, Halloween has been the source of superstitions about marriage, luck, and...

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Schönbrunn Palace in ViSchönbrunn Palace in Vienna: A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in...

Much has been written about the palace residence, designed by Johann von Erlach between 1696 and 1712. It boasts over 1000 rooms, but the...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 51 – Locating Hostiles

Yellowstone River Having advanced from Fort Ellis in Montana, General John Gibbon remained along the Yellowstone River, waiting to make contact with General Terry and...

Roxane, The First Wife Of Alexander The Great: A Story Of Intrigue And Adventure...

Hidden by her father in a remote fortress, a girl whose name means "little star" would come to marry the most powerful man in...