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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.

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 History Written in Stone

How much do we personally know about Ancient Greece? Most of us can say that we know that the Olympics began there, that...

The Cursing Of Akkad

The Akkadians had conquered much of the Ancient Near East under the leadership of Sargon the Great ca 2300 BCE. The empire continued to...

Rome’s Third Servile War: One of the First Great Battles Against Slavery

While many students of American history are probably familiar with the story of John Brown and his attempt to gain support for a slave...

The Amarna Letters

How this collection of clay tablets containing the diplomatic records of the last Pharaoh’s of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty came to shape histories image of...

Alexander Leaves India and Returns to Persia: Alexander the Great’s Army Rejects any Further...

In 334 BC at the Hyphasis river, Alexander gave up his India ambition. His army refused to go further. Subsequently, Alexander agreed to return...

Philip V and The War With Antiochos

Rome for sometime before the second Macedonian War had viewed Antiochos III with some suspicion. His kingdom, which included most of the West Asian...

How the Sarissa Helped Make Alexander the Great’s Empire

Alexander the Great is well known for leading his armies to many victories as he battled through Europe. His armies weaponry however, differed from...

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 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...
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