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Linear A Script

The Linear A script was the writing system used by the Minoan civilization. Examples of this script have been recovered from Cretan sites such as …

Ancient History

Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BCE) was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt to reign as a male with the full authority of pharaoh. Her name means …

Ancient History

Nefertiti

Nefertiti (c. 1370 - c. 1336 BCE) was the wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. Her name means, `the beautiful one has come’ …

Ancient History

Ramesses II

Ramesses II (1279-1213 BCE, alternative spellings: Ramses, Rameses) was known to the Egyptians as <i>Userma’atre’setepenre</i>, which means 'Keeper of …

Ancient History

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

The Egyptian hieroglyphic script was one of the writing systems used by ancient Egyptians to represent their language. Because of their pictorial …

Ancient History

Ancient Egyptian Religion

Egyptian religion was a combination of beliefs and practices which, in the modern day, would include magic, mythology, science, medicine, psychiatry, …

Ancient History

Narmer

Narmer (c. 3150 BCE) was the first king of Egypt who unified the country peacefully at the beginning of the First Dynastic Period (c. 3150 - 2613 …

Ancient History

Early Dynastic Period In Egypt

The Early Dynastic Period in Egypt (c. 3150 - c. 2613 BCE) is the beginning of the historical era of the country during which the regions of Upper …

Ancient History

Imhotep

Imhotep (Greek name, <i>Imouthes</i>, c. 2667-2600 BCE) was an Egyptian polymath (a person expert in many areas of learning) best known as the architect of …

Ancient History

The Step Pyramid of Djoser

The pyramids are the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt and still fascinate people in the present day. These enormous tributes to the memory of …

Ancient History

Egyptian Book of the Dead

<i>The Egyptian Book of the Dead</i> is a collection of spells which enable the soul of the deceased to navigate the afterlife. The famous title was given …

Ancient History

Egyptian Afterlife - The Field of Reeds

The ancient Egyptians believed that life on earth was only one part of an eternal journey which ended, not in death, but in everlasting joy. One was …

Ancient History

A Brief History

The land of ancient Egypt was alive with the spirit of the gods. The sun god Ra broke from the darkness every morning in his great boat, bringing the …

Ancient History

Carthage: The Lost Mediterranean Civilisation

Little remains of the great North African empire that was Rome's most formidable enemy, because, as Richard Miles explains, only its complete …

Ancient History

Aristotle

Aristotle of Stagira was a Greek philosopher who pioneered systematic, scientific examination in literally every area of human knowledge and was …

Ethnography

Artemisia I of Caria

Artemisia of Caria (also known as Artemisia I) was the queen of the Anatolian region of Caria (south of ancient Lydia, in modern-day Turkey). She is …

Ancient History

Aulos

The aulos was a musical wind instrument played by the ancient Greeks. It was also known as the <i>kalamos</i> or <i>libykos lotos</i>, which referred to the material …

Ancient History

Battle of Chaeronea

The Battle of Chaeronea took place in 338 BCE on an early August morning outside the town of Chaeronea. Although for centuries the cities of Athens …

Ancient History

Battle of Issus

The Battle of Issus (5th November, 333 BCE) was Alexander the Great's second battle against the Persian army and the first direct engagement with …

Ancient History

Battle of Leuctra

The Battle of Leuctra in 371 BCE gave Thebes a decisive victory over Sparta and established Thebes as the most powerful city-state in Greece. The …

Ancient History

Black Figure Pottery

Ancient Greek black-figure pottery (named after the colour of the depictions on the pottery) was first produced in Corinth c. 700 BCE and then …

Ancient History

Corcyra

Corcyra (modern Corfu and also known as Kerkyra) located in the Ionian sea is one of the northern most Greek islands and was an important <i>polis</i> or …

Ancient History

Corinth

Located on the isthmus which connects mainland Greece with the Peloponnese, surrounded by fertile plains and blessed with natural springs, Corinth …

Ancient History

Cyclades

The Cyclades are a group of islands in the southern Aegean situated between the Greek mainland and Turkey. The name was coined in the Archaic period …

Ancient History

Battle of Gaugamela

The Battle of Gaugamela (1st October 331 BCE, also known as the <i>Battle of Arbela</i>) was the final meeting between Alexander the Great of Macedon and …

Ancient History

Ancient Greek Government

The government systems of ancient Greece were varied as the Greeks searched for the answers to such fundamental questions as who should rule and how? …

Ancient Greece

Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedy was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BCE. The most famous …

Ancient History

Ancient Greek Warfare

In the ancient Greek world, warfare was seen as a necessary evil of the human condition. Whether it be small frontier skirmishes between neighbouring …

Delos

Delos is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago which was both an influential political force and, with its sanctuary to the god Apollo, an …

Ancient History

Francois Vase

The François Vase is a large Attic volute-krater dating to c. 570-565 BCE, and it is perhaps the example <i>par excellence</i> of the black-figure pottery …

Ancient History