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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 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...

How the Ancient Egyptians Understood the Role of the Pharaoh

In a world where the whispers of a democratic state have infiltrated nearly every nation, the concept of a successful centralized government with a...

Who Was The Roman Gladiator?

Conscripted to fight in the arena, the Roman Gladiator could be just about anybody from anywhere. Criminals, prisoners of wars, slaves, volunteers, Britons, Spaniards, Gaels,...

Buddhas of Bamyan: History Destroyed by the Taliban

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed two large statues of Buddha that had stood since Buddhists populated Afghanistan between the 2nd to 9th Centuries. The...

An Observation of Beauty Practices Throughout History

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The cross-cultural desire for improving one's natural appearance is nothing new. The idea about what is aesthetically...

Swords of the Roman Empire

Although many kinds of swords were used by the military, gladiators and civilians of the Roman Empire the best known are the Parazonium, the...

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...

The Real Cleopatra: Brilliant Queen of Egypt

Upon the assassination of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra made haste back to Egypt, where she poisoned her second brother, Ptolemy XIV, whom she was obligated...

The Ostrich in Ancient Egypt

The people of Ancient Egypt traded in ostrich products with Nubia, Ethiopia and Punt. Wall reliefs show conquering pharaohs receiving ostriches and their products...

Measuring Time Through the Ages: Why Timelines Aren’t Always Straight

Time is measured by man against the heavens, with many adjustments. In recent years it is more accurately measured, making it almost an exact...