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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 History of the Vampire Myth

For hundreds of years people have been fascinated by tales of blood sucking vampires. But where does the story of vampires come from? The story...

Bronze Age Trading – The Development of Shipping in Cyprus

By considering evidence available from marine excavations, artefacts from tombs and fragments of pottery, it is possible to trace the development of shipping in...

The Religion of the Celts

The Celts were polytheistic and their druids held the key to the tribes' historical, political, philosophical and moral culture. The Celts were not a religious...

The Kyrenia Ship: Her Last Voyage

She had seen many voyages, trading in the Eastern Mediterranean and amongst the islands of the Aegean between 400 and 300 B.C.E. She had...

Were the Spartans Gay? Homosexuality in Sparta, Ancient Greece

Pederasty, or the sexual love of adolescent boys, was a strong part of Ancient Greek culture. It was age-defined and kept within strict social...

The Real Cleopatra, the “Demented Queen”

How close to the truth are the myths told on stage, screen, and page about the extravagance of Alexandria and its seductive Greek queen,...

The Lost Age of Lemuria

Lemuria - a tale of a land of immense beauty from an age before Atlantis. A look into the origins of this myth reveal...

The Succession Crisis at Alexander the Great’s Death

From 336-323 BC Alexander the Great, king of Macedon, embarked on one of history's greatest spans of thirteen years, conquering in that time the...

Ankhesenamun – Ancient Egypt’s Lost Princess: Tragic Forgotten Wife of the Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamen

If it wasn't for the discovery of Tutankhamen’s all-but-intact tomb, this king of relatively small importance would have remained in obscurity. Had their tombs...

Art of the Mysterious Etruscans: Funerary clay sculptures and wall frescoes

All that remains of this mysterious civilization are funerary art and inscriptions found in their elaborate underground tombs. Nothing of much certainty is known about...