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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 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 Temple of Athena Nike: A small shrine dedicated to one of Athena’s many...

This small temple was dedicated to Victory, and was part of Pericles' grand plan to showcase Athens' power and glory. The Temple of Athena Nike...

Insights into Ancient Babylonian Astronomy

Some twenty-five hundred years ago, the Ancient Babylonians constructed mud brick towers that rose up towards the night sky. The towers known as Ziggurats,...

Witches in Ancient History: Circe and the Witch of Endor are Colorful Examples of...

Women empowered with supernatural abilities can be found in all ancient cultures, often serving a positive and a negative purpose in everyday life and...

“Every Jot and Tittle” – Where Does That Expression Come From?

When we talk about paying close attention to detail, we might talk about looking at "every jot and tittle." But what does that...

Mutemwiya and the Divine Birth of Amenhotep III

Amenhotep was insecure with regards to his heritage and embellished a divine ancestry for himself and in turn venerated his mother as The Chosen...

Why Did Christianity Succeed?

The success of Christianity was by no means inevitable. A combination of factors led to its advent. Chief among these were the spiritual and...

River Valley Communities in Ancient Civilizations

Arising ancient civilizations in Egypt, the Near East, India, and China were impacted by vast river valley systems that sustained growth and prosperity. Most of...

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...

Comparing Mesopotamia and Egypt

Egypt and Mesopotamia developed within close proximity and time frames to one another, but in drastically different ways. Part of these differences was due...
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