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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 gods were responsible for teaching humans how to write. Without their divine involvement, it would have been impossible for us, imperfect …Mythology
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
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
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, also referred to as “Israelite house” and “pillared courtyard house,” emerged in the central highlands of Canaan during the late …Courtyards
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 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
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
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 is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It is thought that human beings developed language c. 35,000 BCE as evidenced by cave …
The Minoan Civilization flourishes on Crete, Greece. King Minos establishes the first navy in the region.
First use of war chariots in …
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' …
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 (also known as trepanning or burr holing) is a surgical intervention where a hole is drilled, incised or scraped into the skull using …
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
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
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 of the Ancient World were:
the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt
• the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
• the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
• the …
A temple (from the Latin 'templum') is a structure usually built for the purpose of, and always dedicated to, religious or spiritual activities …Religion
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 …
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 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 …
Earliest Egyptian Myths Recorded.
First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
First written evidence of religion in …Islam
A pyramid is a structure or monument, usually with a quadrilateral base, which rises to a triangular point. In the popular imagination, pyramids are …
by Joshua J. Mark
published on 02 September 2009
From the Greek 'philo’, Love, and 'Sophia’, wisdom, Philosophy is, literally defined, “the …
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 …
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 …
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 …