Ancient History

Haunting images that will add Pompeii to your bucket list

One of the intrinsic benefits of luxury travel is getting to wander off the main tourist path and visit places that can be stimulating from an …

Roman Empire

'Burning a flag is like burning one's own integrity,' says Israeli ambassador to Germany

Recent protests in Germany witnessed some demonstrators burning Israeli flags or imitations thereof. Speaking to DW, Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff …

Israel

China: Ancient Bronze Soup Bowls Among Plundered Treasures Discovered in 3,000-Year-Old Tomb

Right on cue for soup season, archaeologists have found a 3,100-year-old tomb lined with what are believed to be bronze soup bowls in Shaanxi …

Archaeology

Colossi of Memnon

Illustration<p>by <b>Przemyslaw</b><br>published on 16 September 2016<p>The Colossi of Memnon. Amenhotep III (1386-1353 BCE) commissioned them to stand guard over his …

China’s ‘new era’ presages a golden age — or risks chaos

Jeanne-Marie Gescher<p>December 12, 2017<p>China’s ‘new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics’ — the big new slogan unveiled at the 19th party …

China

The Maccabean Revolt

After the death of Alexander the Great, his Kingdom was divided into four; Egypt, the Seleucid Empire, the Kingdom of Pergamon and Macedon (including …

Religion

Why we travel: ancient roots of millennial desires

When the new year sets in, those of us lucky enough to have escaped over break will have the jarring task of acclimating back to the rigors of daily …

Genghis Khan

Dionysos or Bacchus

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WOMEN AND POWER

Noted classicist and essayist Beard (<i>S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome</i>, 2015, etc.) looks deep into the past and hard at the present to examine the …

Ancient Rome

Why do we really light candles on Hanukkah?

<i>This story was originally published in December of 2015</i><p>Hanukkah was established as a holiday by Judah Maccabee in 164 BCE, to mark his victory over …

History

The Vikings in Ireland

In early Medieval Europe, a prime subject of frightening tales-come-true were the famously marauding and pillaging Vikings, spilling out of their …

History

Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

<b>Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.</b><p>In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings - clusters - that roughly mirror ancient boundaries.<p>The results also suggest the …

Archaeology

10 Mysteries That Hint At Forgotten Advanced Civilizations

Prehistory literally means the time “before we had written records” (roughly the time before the 4th Century BC) and ancient history is the time …

Archaeology

Reza Aslan’s Human God

THESE DAYS it may seem like people are abandoning religion to the fundamentalists, but they’re not. Religion has been around forever, and it’s not …

Books

10 Things You Didn't Know About 30 Years' War

Huh? The 30 Years’ War? This is a pretty random war to highlight, I admit, but it’s one that deserves a bit more scrutiny, if only to add some color …

History

Take a Virtual Tour of a Mysterious Pictish Cave in Scotland

Archaeologists have created a 3D model of the fascinating, but hard-to-access Sculptor’s Cave<p>Comment on this Story

Archaeology

Former Kensington home of famous archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb for sale

And it's right next door to the Royal Albert Hall.<p><b>Located right next door to the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London, this five-bedroom duplex</b> …

Royal Albert Hall

Italy: Rome's Pantheon to start charging entry fee for tourists

Tourists visiting Rome's Pantheon will have to pay an entry fee starting next year, officials have said. Battling low public funds, Italy hopes the …

World News

Death in the Mexican Imagination

“Our relationship with death is intimate,” Octavio Paz, Mexico’s most celebrated 20th-century poet, wrote about his country in the classic book “The Labyrinth of Solitude.” “More intimate, perhaps, than any other people.”<p>Death is everywhere in Mexico. In the bodies of the victims of powerful drug …

Opinion

Queen of the Old Kingdom

<b>Queen Ankhnespepy II</b> was among the most powerful female leaders of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. She was married to two kings of the Sixth Dynasty—Pepy I and …

Archaeology

The Long Weekend: What to do and where to stay in Bath, England, once you've had enough of Roman Britain

The weekend:<p>When it comes to Bath, most Brits think they’ve been there, done that. Once you’ve seen the Roman ruins, the Abbey and Jane Austen’s …

Jane Austen

2,000-year-old tomb door with Hanukkah menorah found in northern Israel

Repurposed over the ages, the slab tells the story of religion in the Middle East

Archaeology

Belisarius

Illustration<p>by <b>Eloquence</b><br>published on 05 January 2012<p>Belisarius may be this bearded figure on the right of Emperor Justinian I in the mosaic in the …

Italy

Virat and Anushka are tying the knot at this stunning property in Italy

Borgo Finocchieto has raised the bar for lavish getaways in Tuscany<p>All eyes are on Italy, as rumours of cricketer Virat Kohli and actor Anushka …

Virat Kohli

7 Incredible travel experiences in Peru that will enrich your life

1: Soak up the colours of the Rainbow Mountain<p>“Is that real?” is a common question from anyone seeing photos of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain for the first …

South America

Coaque Shelter Project

The Coaque project was initiated in order to help families affected by the earthquake of April 16th, 2016 in Ecuador. Developed by ADRA foundation, …

Typography

Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 300-Foot Snake

Ancient rock art isn't always easy to reach, but a researcher in Venezuela has solved this challenge with a bit of modern technology: A …

Archaeology

The Revolt of the Maccabees: The true story behind Hanukkah

<i>This story was originally published in December of 2014</i><p>Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, celebrates the Maccabean Revolt (167-160 BCE), and …

Israel

All Bronze Age Iron Came From Space, New Study Shows

It took some time for humanity to get the hang of smelting.<p>Despite the name, there was iron in the Bronze Age. It was just extremely rare. Most famously, the pharaoh Tutankhamun had a headrest, bracelet and dagger made of iron. Other iron artifacts from the same time have also been found around the …

Archaeology

Two-Headed Bird Lands in Guatemala's Political Arena: Mayan Women Fight to Protect Their Textile Heritage

After submitting national legislation in 2016 for copyright protection of their weavings to no avail, Mayan women are organizing and finding other …

Liberal View