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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 Greece, part 6 – Greek Religion and Philosophy

Understanding Greek Religion In order to understand Greek religion, it is necessary for us to make a leap of the imagination. One of the barriers to...

Ancient Greece, part 5 – Athenian Society

Citizens and Hoplites Although citizenship brought with it many privileges, it was not without its obligations. Throughout the fifth century, the Athenians maintained what was essentially...

Ancient Greece, part 4 – Athenian Democracy

The Origins of Athenian Democracy Before the introduction of democracy in 508 BC, Athens was ruled by a tyrant. (In Ancient Greece, the word ‘tyrannos’ did...

Ancient Greece, part 3 – Pericles and the Athenian Empire

The Delian League With the final defeat of the Persians, mainland Greece was safe from invasion. But now a most extraordinary thing happened. In the winter of...

Ancient Greece, part 2 – Herodotus and the Persian Wars

At the beginning of the fifth century BC, the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the most powerful state in the Ancient Near East. The term ‘Achaemenid’...

Ancient Greece, part 1 – The Origins of Athens

Up to the middle of the twentieth century, students of Ancient History had always been taught that the Greeks were actually ‘Aryan’ invaders from...

Mongol People of the Middle Ages

Intelligent, Unruly, Superstitious, Prejudice.. The Medieval Mongol people prospered and endured harsh environments, in-spite of many traits considered to be uncivilized. The typical Mongol lifestyle...

Eastern vs Western Roman Empire Compared

When the Roman Empire dissolved into Eastern and Western entities, the East became the Byzantine Empire while the West forged a new identity tied...

The History of Easter

For over 2000 years Easter has been a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is believed that Christ traveled to Jerusalem to...

Mother’s Day and its Conceptual History

In order to truly appreciate the rich history of Mother's Day, the evolution of motherhood as a concept is explored from ancient times...
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