Ancient History

Top 10 greats (people)

Alex Goodall‏ was responsible for this list, by asking “Twitterstorians, whodja think's the greatest great?” He named many of these, and the Great …

Ancient Rome

Exploring the Great Cultures of Early Civilization

Archaeologists study humans and human behaviors. The data they produce helps us understand the past, present, and future. The time lines they study …

Bronze Age

Ennin

Ennin (c. 793-864 CE, posthumous title: Jikaku Daishi) was a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai sect who studied Buddhism at length in China and …

History

Ancient Egypt: 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Discovered Near Luxor is World’s Oldest Prosthetic

The wooden toe helped a priest's daughter walk about 3,000 years ago.

Ancient Egypt

The new 'Assassin's Creed' looks like the series' best entry in years

The new "Assassin's Creed" game looks like the best entry in years.<p>It's called "Assassin's Creed Origins," and it's set during one of history's most fascinating periods: Ptolemaic Egypt. That's the era when Egypt's millennia-spanning empire began to fall, while Rome — led by Julius Caesar — …

Assassin's Creed

Ibn Khaldun and The Myth of "Arab Invasion"

<i>First published in 1966 and translated by David Macey for a 1984 Verso edition,</i> Ibn Khaldun: The Birth of History and the Past of the Third World <i>— by</i> …

Islam

Trump the Merovingian

By Sara Lipton President Trump’s recently completed overseas tour has left pundits struggling to explain his surprising affinity for the pre-modern …

History

What Trumps Vain Boasts

Impromptu poetry competitions were not uncommon among the English Romantic poets. The poets would be given a quarter of an hour or so to turn out a serviceable sonnet on a chosen theme. In December 1816 John Keats and Leigh Hunt wrote sonnets on “the grasshopper and cricket.” Hunt’s effort holds up …

Poetry

An ancient Greek technique can improve your memory

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta learns how to build a memory palace with memory champ Nelson Dellis

Ancient Greece

Archaeologists have found proof that an ancient Chinese dynasty used foreign slaves

New archaeological techniques capable of analyzing the diet of our ancestors by studying the isotope composition of their bone mass are offering fresh insights into the dynamics of ancient societies. For example, a group of archeologists was able to read the ancient diet of girls from remains found …

Archaeology

Weird Archaeological Find: A Wooden Prosthetic Big Toe From Ancient Egypt | International Business Times

What is the oldest prosthetic body part in history? Probably a wooden toe from ancient Egypt, archaeologists say. And it can teach us a lot about …

Ancient Egypt

Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to …

History

Yale archaeologists make amazing ancient Egyptian ‘billboard’ discovery

Archaeologists from Yale and the Royal Museum of Art and History in Belgium have discovered the earliest-known ‘billboard-sized’ hieroglyphs in the …

Ancient Egypt

Genetic evidence for the spread of Indo-Aryan languages

My own investigations on the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age peoples of Eastern Central Asia (ECA) began essentially as a genetics cum linguistics …

Bronze Age

Hecate

Hecate (Hekate) is a goddess of Greek mythology who was capable of both good and evil. She was especially associated with witchcraft, magic, the …

History

Ancient Egyptian's wooden toe is sophisticated prosthetic

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found.<p>"By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the …

Ancient Egypt

Inscriptions showcasing history of Marwar dynasty discovered

As many as 50 inscriptions from 11th to 14th century have been discovered at Karwar, a village 25 kilometers away from Jodhpur. These inscriptions …

History

Roam Ancient Roman Ruins With Givenchy Models

Since the announcement that Clare Waight Keller - previously the creative director of Chloé - would be taking over Givenchy from Riccardo Tisci, we've been left to ponder what the future of the brand will look like. Though the 2018 Resort collection is the first from Givenchy since the …

Ancient Rome

What it’s like to build a career after being suddenly paralyzed

It was a fluke accident with a big wave hitting me. I was 20 years old, had just finished my second year of university and was planning to work for the summer when I got back from my trip to Peru. Unfortunately, I didn’t come back on my feet, so those plans changed.<p>My whole life, I had worked to …

Wonders of the World

Kofukuji

Kofukuji is a Buddhist temple which was founded in 669 CE and relocated to its present location in Nara, Japan in 710 CE. It was the main Buddhist …

History

She-devils on horseback: in search of the fabled Amazons

The ancient Greeks shuddered at the thought of man-eating viragos. But there’s little evidence that they ever existed<p>Rumour will run wild about a society of warrior women, somehow free from the world of men. We all feel we know the Amazons, even if we struggle to connect them with the planet’s …

Anthropology

Is Running A Yoga Center Profitable In India?

The yoga ‘market’ in India is hovering at an inflection point. With United Nations recognizing 21 June as Yoga day, the ancient practice has come in …

Yoga

What Makes Fiji the Perfect Honeymoon Destination?

Fiji is an island nation that is located in the South Pacific. It houses some of the most stunning natural beauty in the entire globe. The crystal …

Fiji

Beyond the "Big 5:" What to watch out for on the Serengeti

For anyone travelling to the Serengeti, spotting one of the “Big 5” — a lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, or elephant — is the main event. It’s why you …

Wildlife

Is Oil The Key to Healthier Looking Summer Hair?

It's not just for your face.<p>Between frizz halos, salt and sun crisped ends and broken strands, and breakage from back-to-back-to-back topknots required to hide said unsightliness, summer can seem like one very long bad hair day. To help ease the suffering of your strands, consider adding the latest …

Hair

How much would it cost to build the world's greatest wonders today?

Firstly, a word of warning: always take quotes for big building projects with a pinch of salt. Remember the Channel Tunnel? That was supposed to cost less than £5 billion – it came in at nearly double that, making it the most expensive construction project ever at the time.<p>Bear that in mind, then, …

Wonders of the World

Voice in the Wind: An Interlude with Decimus and Phoebe

I want to start by quoting a comment from last week’s section:<p>In the text, Marcus shows up and orders everyone around and says that all Claudius’s …

Ancient Rome

Game of Thrones: 15 Ignored Houses You NEED To Know About

With <b>Game of Thrones</b> season 7 coming soon, the seven Great Houses gear up for the impending war, but it’s not just them who are preparing for the Long …

History

Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha is an ancient Shinto shrine located in a forest east of Nara, capital of Japan between 710 and 784 CE. Founded in 768 CE, the site has …

History

Ancient Egyptians to modern humans: Coronary artery disease genes benefit reproduction

Researchers have found that genes for coronary heart disease (CAD) also influence reproduction, so in order to reproduce successfully, the genes for …

Ancient Egypt