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The Importance of the Lydian Stater as the World's First Coin

The Lydian Stater was the official coin of the Lydian Empire, introduced before the kingdom fell to the Persian Empire. The earliest staters are …

Coin Collecting

The Divine Gift of Writing

The gods were responsible for teaching humans how to write. Without their divine involvement, it would have been impossible for us, imperfect …

Mythology

The Meaning of European Upper Paleolithic Rock Art

Rock art (also known as parietal art) is an umbrella term which refers to several types of creations including finger markings left on soft surfaces, …

Europe

Civilization

The meaning of the term civilization has changed several times during its history, and even today it is used in several ways. It is commonly used to …

Civilization

12 Ancient Masks - Ancient History et cetera

Masks were used for a wide variety of purposes across many ancient cultures. Some of the most common purposes were as funerary masks for important …

Historical Photography

The Four-Room House

The four-room house, also referred to as “Israelite house” and “pillared courtyard house,” emerged in the central highlands of Canaan during the late …

Courtyards

Ghosts in the Ancient World

To the people of the ancient world, there was no doubt that the soul of a human being survived bodily death. Whatever an individual's personal views …

World History

Pottery in Antiquity

Pottery is the first synthetic material ever created by humans. The term refers to objects made of clay that have been fashioned into a desire shape, …

Pottery

Neolithic

After the term “Stone Age” was coined in the late 19th century CE, scholars proposed to divide the Stone Age into different periods: Palaeolithic, …

Prehistory

Stone Age

From the dawn of our species to the present day, stone-made artefacts are the dominant form of material remains that have survived to today …

Prehistory

Writing

Writing is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It is thought that human beings developed language c. 35,000 BCE as evidenced by cave …

Warfare

The Minoan Civilization flourishes on Crete, Greece. King Minos establishes the first navy in the region.

First use of war chariots in …

War

The word 'war' comes to English by the old High German language word 'Werran’ (to confuse or to cause confusion) through the Old English 'Werre' …

Wall

The English word 'wall' is derived from the Latin, 'vallus' meaning 'a stake' or 'post' and designated the wood-stake and earth palisade which formed …

Bell Canada

Trephination

Trephination (also known as trepanning or burr holing) is a surgical intervention where a hole is drilled, incised or scraped into the skull using …

Torah

The Torah, also known as the Pentateuch (from the Greek for “five books”), is the first collection of texts in the Hebrew Bible. It deals with the …

Torah

Tomb

A tomb is an enclosed space for the repository of the remains of the dead. Traditionally tombs have been located in caves, underground, or in …

Archaeology

Timekeeping

The passage of time has always been a preoccupation of human beings, whether it be a question of satisfying basic needs such as when to eat and …

Archaeology

The Seven Wonders

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were:

the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt
• the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
• the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
• the …

Greece

Temple

A temple (from the Latin 'templum') is a structure usually built for the purpose of, and always dedicated to, religious or spiritual activities …

Religion

Sphinx

A sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion, most often with a human head and sometimes with wings. The creature was an Egyptian …

Silk Road

The Silk Road was a network of trade routes, formally established during the Han Dynasty of China, which linked the regions of the ancient world in …

Asia

Script

Script is any particular system of writing or the written means of human communication. In the West, writing begins in Sumeria over 4,000 years ago …

Religion in the Ancient World

Earliest Egyptian Myths Recorded.

First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.

First written evidence of religion in …

Islam

Pyramid

A pyramid is a structure or monument, usually with a quadrilateral base, which rises to a triangular point. In the popular imagination, pyramids are …

Philosophy

Definition

by Joshua J. Mark
published on 02 September 2009

From the Greek 'philo’, Love, and 'Sophia’, wisdom, Philosophy is, literally defined, “the …

Philology

Philology is derived from the Greek terms φίλος (love) and λόγος (word, reason) and literally means a love of words. It is the study of language in …

Pepper

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and …

A Visual Glossary of Classical Architecture

Abacus - a large slab placed above the column capital to support the architrave or an arch placed above it.

Akroterion - a decorative piece added to …