Ancient History

Ahoy There! The Buried Secrets of The World's Very First Lighthouse

For 1600 years, the Pharos stood on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea guiding ships into the port of Alexandria, before an earthquake consigned it to the bottom of the ocean.<p>Well before the calendar reset to year one, Alexandria was a bustling hub of technological innovation and commerce that …

Archaeology

There were hundreds of Africans in Tudor England – and none of them slaves: Black Tudors, Miranda Kaufmann, review

A couple of months ago, the eminent classicist Mary Beard was at the heart of a thunderous Twitterstorm. The BBC had made a cartoon film about Roman Britain for schoolchildren, featuring a family which their publicity blurb described, at one point, as typical; and the head of the family, a senior …

History

Shabti Dolls: The Workforce in the Afterlife

The Egyptians believed the afterlife was a mirror-image of life on earth. When a person died their individual journey did not end but was merely …

A Brief History of China: Qin Dynasty

In Short<p><b>Dates:</b> 221-206 BC<p><b>Capital:</b> Xianyang<p><b>Notable People:</b> Qin Shi Huang, Li Si, Zhao Gao<p>The Rise and Fall<p>Before 221 BC, China was little more than a …

China

Relief panel | Assyrian | Neo-Assyrian | The Met

This panel from the Northwest Palace at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) depicts a winged supernatural figure. Such figures appear throughout the palace, …

Art Museums

Greek Mathematics

The mathematicians of ancient Greece made a hugely significant contribution to world thought and all practical subjects which depend on that …

Mathematics

Bronze Age Structures Unearthed on Greek Island of Thirassia

SANTORINI, GREECE—<i>Newsweek</i> reports that archaeologists from Ionian University, the University of Crete, and the Cycladic Antiquities Bureau have …

Archaeology

Three to see: New York

Why are animal mummies the most numerous artefacts from Ancient Egypt? The <b>Brooklyn Museum</b> explores this question through its outstanding collection …

Ancient Egypt

TibetanHistory-20thCentury - Sky Burial

Julia Kirchner<br>04-28-07<p>A Review of <i>Sky Burial</i><p><i>Sky Burial</i> is story told by the Chinese author Xinran about a Chinese woman from Suzhou who spent thirty …

Columbia University

New York Repatriates Caligula’s Marble Mosaic to Italy

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK—According to a report in <i>NBC News</i>, a four-foot square piece of mosaic thought to have graced a ceremonial ship belonging to …

Archaeology

Stolen mosaic that once adorned Emperor Caligula's lavish pleasure barge returned to Italy after being used as a coffee table

A mosaic that once adorned a lavish pleasure barge built for the Emperor Caligula, who was reputed to have dressed as a woman and appointed his horse as a consul, has been returned to Italy decades after it was stolen and smuggled to the United States.<p>The multi-coloured mosaic had been bought in …

Rome

Roman Painted Goblet with Achilles

Illustration<p>by James Blake Wiener<br>published on 18 October 2017<p>This painted goblet dates from the first half of the 3rd century CE, and it was found in …

Copyright

11 Things We Learned This Week

10/20/2017 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection, Main. ·<p>This week, we learned …<p>… wolf puppies are adorable … and they’re not dogs.<p>What is it like “growing up wolf”? Use our timeline to find out!<p>… sleeping sickness, once fatal, can now be cured with pills.<p>What is sleeping …

Siberia

Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship

ROME (Reuters) - A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.<p>The first century AD marble, serpentine and porphyry mosaic came …

Rome

A Gift from King Shulgi: A Pair of Gold Earrings

Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.<p>Christopher Columbus.<p>On …

Jewelry

Beautiful Imaginary Travel Posters For 7 Ancient Wonders Of The World

<b>There are many</b> compilations of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ over the centuries, but the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is supposedly …

Wonders of the World

Suetonius • Life of Vergil

This webpage reproduces a work of <b> <br>C. Suetonius Tranquillus</b> <br>published in the Loeb Classical Library,<br>1914<p>The text is in the public domain.<p>This page has …

University of Chicago

Emperor Xiaowen and His Court | China | Northern Wei dynasty (386–534) | The Met

Together with a companion piece showing an empress and her attendants (now in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City), this depiction of an …

Art Museums

Luoyang

Luoyang (aka Loyang) was the capital city of many ancient Chinese dynasties, a position it frequently swapped with Chang’an, usually whenever there …

China

A Brief History of Gold in Art, from Ancient Egyptian Burial Masks to Jeff Koons

From the very earliest human discoveries of gold, thought to have occurred between the 6th and 4th centuries BC, the precious metal was known to be …

Art

Hundreds of Mysterious Stone ‘Gates’ Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert

Google Earth has unlocked the gates to ancient mysteries around the world.<p>For years, amateur and professional archaeologists have used the search engine’s satellite imagery to discover mysterious earthworks in Kazakhstan, Roman ruins, a forgotten fortress in Afghanistan and more. In the past …

Archaeology

New Evidence Suggests Ancient Egypt Was Brought Down By Volcanoes and Climate Change

Ancient Egypt is often described as an exotic place—pyramids, hieroglyphics, lavishly worshipped kings and queens.<p>But in many ways, it has a lot of …

Climate Change

Volcanoes helped topple ancient Egyptian empire, study finds

Sun-choking debris cast off by volcanoes more than 2,000 years ago starved headwaters feeding the Nile river and hastened the downfall of ancient Egypt’s last kingdom, researchers claim.<p>Eruptions in the 3rd and 1st century B.C. — including one of the biggest blasts in the past 2,500 years — …

Science

Hammurabi's Code: Babylonian Law Set in Stone

Hammurabi was the first king of the Babylonian Empire, reigning from 1792 B.C. – 1750 B.C. During his time in power, he conquered Sumer and Akkad, …

Mesopotamia

How Spain’s Kings Hid Thousands of Nude Paintings from the Catholic Church

Jan Brueghel el Viejo and Hendrick de Clerck, <i>Abundance and the Four Elements</i>, 1606. Image via Wikimedia Commons.By the mid-17th century, a clear …

Art History

Chariots, statues, dancers: A preview of Thailand’s lavish $90 million royal funeral next week

Starting Oct. 25, Thailand will hold a royal funeral over five days for its beloved late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, following a year of mourning.<p>Bhumibol, who died at the age of 88 on Oct. 13 last year, was the world’s longest-reigning monarch. Born in the US and raised in Switzerland, Bhumibol was …

Thailand

Here's Why the Unicorn Is Scotland's National Animal

Although a mythical beast, the unicorn — a white horse-like creature with a lion’s tuft for a tail and a spiraling horn protruding from its forehead …

Volcanoes likely brought ancient Egypt down, not the wrath of the gods

When you imagine how ancient Egypt fell, you may envision pharaohs on their knees in stone temples, imploring stone deities to have mercy on a …

Ancient Egypt

Women in Ancient China

Women in ancient China did not enjoy the status, either social or political, afforded to men. Women were subordinate to first their fathers, then …

Gender

Kids Can Become Certified Ninjas in Japan

As kids, loads of us used to pretend to be ninjas with our friends. That desire to be a highly skilled fighter with amazing skills landed several of …

Japan