Ancient History

Antinomy Poisoning — Not Lead — May Have Contributed to the Roman Empire’s Fall

Lead often takes the blame for the fall of the Roman Empire. Lead water pipes, lead cooking vessels, and lead utensils poisoned unwitting Romans, …

Roman Empire

Chinggis Khan versus the Unicorn

Mongol forces were poised to enter the territory of the Delhi Sultanate in northern India in 1224, after a long campaign against the forces of the …

History

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

The Worst Dining Habits of All Time

These offenses aren't just distasteful — they're downright appalling.<p>Since the beginning of mankind — or at least since the Roman Empire — humans have gathered to eat food in a communal fashion. One would think, after thousands of years, certain criteria for dining in a group would be "set in …

Roman Empire

Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome

Archaeologists love coins. Not only are they a great way to date a dig site, they also show the extent and influence of an ancient culture and …

Ancient Rome

Why Study the Classics?

Why study the Classics? Classics offers, at least on a superficial analysis, little in the way of short-term gains or practical real-world benefit. …

Ancient Greece

Mythbusting Ancient Rome -- did all roads actually lead there?

We all know the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like “there is more than one way to …

Rome

Archaeologists uncover villa from ancient Rome

Archaeologists have uncovered new pieces of an ancient Roman villa as well as artifacts that are telling them more about both this particular site …

Ancient Rome

The Long History of Damnatio Memoriae and the Destruction of Monuments

After video emerged Monday of protesters toppling and kicking the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham, North Carolina, some suggested that such …

History

Why total solar eclipses frightened many ancient cultures

Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon, or at the very least saw them as supernatural beings. In the sky, their movement proceeded with a …

Astronomy

Rosetta Stone: Key to Ancient Egyptian Writing

The "Rosetta Stone" — which was discovered in mid-July 1799 during construction of a fort by a French military expedition at the town of Rashid …

History

Ancient Egyptian tombs more than 2,000 years old are discovered by archaeologists in hidden burial chambers

Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered ancient rock tombs, carved almost two and half millennia ago during the time of the pharaohs, as they excavated …

Ancient Egypt

Angelina Jolie's Summer Shoes Are Barely There, but That's What's So Great About Them

If there's one thing we've noticed about Angelina Jolie's street style through the years, it's that she thrives in the Summer. It's during the warmer months that she can slip into lightweight dresses or kimonos, add a pair of sandals, and move effortlessly. Angelina's already proven her love for …

Ancient Greece

The Fate of Rome

<b>A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman Empire</b><p>Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most …

Roman Empire

From Darwin to Damore - the ancient art of using "science" to mask prejudice

Charles Darwin, working at a time when women had little legal rights, declared “woman is a kind of adult child”.<p>“In addition to the Left’s affinity …

Charles Darwin

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Ancient Rome

Ranked: 6 Armies That Dominated History

<b>By Zachary Keck and Akhilesh Pillalamarri</b><p>In an anarchical system like international relations, military power is the ultimate form of currency. A …

Roman Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms in Egypt

The dynastic Egypt chronology that we use to name and classify the 2,700-year long list of royal pharaohs is based on myriad sources. There are …

History

Ancient Greeks Built an Eclipse-Predicting 'Computer' 2,000 Years Ago

More than 2,000 years before the Great American Solar Eclipse, which will darken the skies over the U.S. on Aug. 21, astronomers in ancient Greece …

Ancient Greece

These Technologies Are Giving New Life to the Ancient World

From ocean-going robots to virtual reconstructions of ancient cities, new tools and techniques are transforming archaeology like never before.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>From radiocarbon dating in the 1940s to remote sensing techniques in the 1960s, archaeologists have long been …

Archaeology

This Instagram Boyfriend Tries, Hilariously Fails to Re-Create His Influencer GF's Pics

#Goals, if we're still saying that.<p>There are Insta husbands, and then there are Men Who Take Their Jobs as Picture-Takers of Their SO's for the Purpose of the Internet Very Seriously. Edward Lane, a journalist at <i>Men’s Health U.K.</i>, is the latter. In response to his girlfriend Amy Hopkinson’s …

Lifestyle

The strange but true history of eclipse science — from 2137 BC into the future

Aug. 21’s total solar eclipse will be the first of its kind for American smartphone-toting citizen scientists. But people around the world have been …

Total Solar Eclipse

Where’s my magical truth detector? I’m sure it’s somewhere in my lab.

Last week, Mary Beard was getting sneered at because she agreed that the Roman Empire was ethnically diverse, and that — gasp, shock horror — there …

Roman Empire

How Is Christianity Similar to Hinduism?

You may find it surprising that much of Christianity originated from India. Indeed, over the centuries, numerous historians and sages have pointed …

Spirituality

Alleged portrait of Empress Myseongseong on show for first time

A Joseon-era portrait of a woman dressed in a traditional garment is on display in Seoul, with the gallery claiming it to be a painting of the last …

History

Tiago Majuelo’s vibrantly illustrates ancient greek gods with contemporary objects

Ancient Greece is a subject many of us associate with a stuffy history classroom, but illustrator Tiago Majuelos never studied this area of the …

Ancient Greece

Dragons, Demons and More: A Guide to Buddhist Temple Guardians

01<p>of 13<p>You might expect to see serene Buddhas and benevolent bodhisattvas in Buddhist temple art. But what's with the big, scary things guarding the …

Asia

Breaking bread to save an ancient culture

Between towering mountains and the springtime spectacle of Namaqualand wildflowers lies a little-known and isolated Northern Cape village. Nama …

News (South Africa)

Meet Durga, the Mother Goddess of Hinduism

In Hinduism, the goddess Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe. She is one of the faith's most popular …

Spirituality

An underwater ancient city in Turkey may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years

A sunken city near the island of Kekova, near Antalya in Turkey, may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years. Diving at the ancient underground city has been banned since 1986 in order to preserve it, but with the cooperation of archaeologists and local experts, the ban could be partially …

History