Sunday, October 2, 2022

Ancient History

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.

Philosophers of Ancient Greece: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Socrates, Aristotle and Plato's philosophies all attempt to solve different existential questions. Imagine wondering about the existence of a flute that had been carved out...

How a Wonder of the Ancient World Inspired Modern Builders

Maussollos (377-353 BC) had such a memorable tomb that the word Mausoleum has since been used to describe any monument with a burial chamber. No...

A Modern Madam – Athens, 440 BC

She heard the whisper from a mouth covered by a palm. Furtive eyes looked over a delicately manicured hand. "Did you know her name...

Ramesses II’s “Little” Temple

Son of Seti I and one of the last pharoah's of the New Kingdom's 19th Dynasty, Ramesses II is one of the most widely...

History of Memory: Ad Herennium by Cicero – Mnemonic Devices

Did you know that all memory devices, or mnemonics, trace their history back to one book? The Ad Herennium is the foundational book...

Cocaine Mummies

Traces of cocaine and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies have created speculation about contact with the New World in ancient times. In 1992 the German...

Tiberius – The Moody Emperor of Rome

Tiberius had the unenviable position of being the successor of Augustus as emperor of Rome. He pales in comparison. Even though he was an able...

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...

Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World

The status of women in ancient civilizations was dictated by religion and position, rarely impacting the everyday lives of everyday female interactions. For the...

A Hole in the Head: The Ancient Surgery of Trepanning

Trepanning (aka trephining) is a procedure wherein a hole is cut in the skull, exposing the brain. Discover evidence of this ancient and mysterious...