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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.

Otho: Roman Emperor for Three Months

Apparently well meaning, but surely ineffective, Otho – the second ruler in the Year of the Four Emperors – lasted only three months in...

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...

The Unmovable Spartans

The Spartans were the powerful inhabitants of the southern Peloponnesus, a large peninsula in Southern Greece. Their power and prominence was most notable from...

The social structure of Ancient Egypt

There are several ways in which we can determine the social structure of ancient Egypt. This can be done by analyzing artifacts, monuments, texts,...

The Conquests of Sargon the Great

There is no record of the birth name of Sargon and what is known of his origins are little more than legends. What is...

The Mysterious Minoans

The Minoans were an influential civilization that thrived on small islands in the Aegean Sea between 3000-1500 B.C. The Minoans were a peaceful trade civilization...

The Meaning Behind Making a Toast

Drinking to a friend's great success or raising a glass to honor a newly married couple has been a tradition for hundreds of...

Akitu – The Babylonian New Year Festival

The calendar of the ancient Near East was usually replete with festivals that honored the gods according to the season. One of the most...

Sexuality in Ancient Egypt – Egyptian Artwork

Previously, we looked at the sexual behavior within the family unit. Continuing the series, we will examine sexuality within artwork and beauty rituals. The next...

Ulysses’ Decade Long Journey from Troy to Ithaca

Today, an intrepid yachtsman can trace Ulysses’ almost mythical journey around the western Mediterranean. Odysseus, Ulysses’ Homeric name, derived from ‘The Wolf’, implying he...
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Greek Colonization and its Impact on the Mediterranean World

Greek legends often tell us about countless expeditions and stopovers on distant islands and shores. These legends actually recount episodes of the...

Aesop and his Fables in the Modern World

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The Rise Of Abdi-Ashirta Of Amurru

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