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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 Life of Achilles and His Participation in the Trojan War

Achilles was a central character in Homer's The Iliad, and he was one of the greatest of the Greek warriors who participated in the...

Bread and Beer in Ancient Egypt

Bread and beer were the staples of the Ancient Egyptian diet. This article discusses the importance of bread in the Ancient Egyptian life. Bread in...

The Birth and Youth of the Greek Warrior Achilles

Achilles, one of the greatest of the ancient Greek warriors, was the son of Peleus of Thessaly and a sea nymph named Thetis. According to...

Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome Compared: Roman Civilization Endured as an Empire Because of...

The temptation to compare and contrast two great ancient civilizations must be tempered with the fact that Greece and Rome were uniquely different communities. Why...

Amazons – A Race of Women Warriors

Since classical times, the word 'Amazonian' has been applied to strong, self-sufficient women who eschew the company of men. Recently, a member of the British...

The Myth of Odysseus and Aeolus

The homesick Odysseus makes a powerful friend who gives him a great gift, but when nearly home he is undone by the greed of...

Witches in Ancient History: Circe and the Witch of Endor are Colorful Examples of...

Women empowered with supernatural abilities can be found in all ancient cultures, often serving a positive and a negative purpose in everyday life and...

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...
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