Caesar Augustus, first emperor of Ancient Rome. Old bronze statue in the Imperial Forum
Ancient History

Augustus: Paving the Way for Hereditary Succession

November 19, 2019

How on earth did the Roman Empire end up with so many horrible and incompetent men as leaders? The answer lies in the actions of Rome’s very first emperor, Augustus, and the precedent he established for how emperors were selected. […]

Celtic cavalaryman (Image: By Sammy33/Shutterstock)
Ancient History

Celtic Invasion: Subduing Greece and Spain

October 12, 2019

The Celtic invasion of Europe began in Italy, and then spread to Greece and Spain. Discover how the Celts became so synonymous with terror and intimidation, that they were hired as mercenaries around the Mediterranean. You’ll also explore some aspects of Celtic culture that remain mysteries to this day. […]

Shot of Advancing Army of Viking Warriors. Reenactment.
Ancient History

Ancient Celtic Culture: Fierce on and off the Battlefield

October 11, 2019

The historical view of ancient Celtic culture necessarily passes through the lens of Greek and Roman writings. Though rife with stereotypes, many of these stories are quite entertaining. Explore the many facets of the Celts as fierce warriors and fitness fanatics who may have indulged in the occasional human sacrifice. […]

Julius Caesar and Divico parley after the battle at the Saône
Ancient History

Viewing the Ancient Celts through the Lens of Greece and Rome

October 11, 2019

Few primary sources exist to educate historians about the ancient Celts. Thus we must rely on the writings of the Greeks and Romans, which are filtered through their biased perceptions. Learn how the Celts were often stigmatized and portrayed as barbarians. […]

Hieroglyphic carvings on the exterior walls of an Egyptian temple.
Ancient History

Investigate Art History in Ancient Egypt

October 9, 2019

Like any good civilization, Egyptian art tells us a great deal about the people who made it. Investigate the “art historical” approach to ancient Egyptian history. […]

Archaeological site near the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahri.
Ancient History

Reconstructing Egyptian History with Archaeology Excavation Techniques

October 7, 2019

Although no written records exist of Egyptian prehistory, historians can use several archaeology excavation techniques to construct a reasonable timeline, as well as to discover what life was like for Egypt’s earliest inhabitants. These methods include studying pottery remains, as well as carbon dating, and stratigraphy. […]

ancient Egyptian wall relief with people figures bringing tools
Ancient History

Ancient Egyptian Tools: Building Civilizations

October 6, 2019

From 700,000 B.C. to roughly 70,000 B.C., the only tool used by Egypt’s inhabitants was the hand ax. However, ancient Egyptian tools began to grow increasingly varied and more sophisticated with the arrival of the Neanderthals, followed by Homo sapiens. With new tools, came new possibilities, allowing humans to transition from nomadic lifestyles into settlements. […]

v=Nabta Playa Calendar Circle, reconstructed at Aswan Nubia museum
Ancient History

Prehistoric Egypt: Deciphering Egypt’s Timeline

October 5, 2019

Prehistoric Egypt refers to that mysterious stretch of time before Egypt had writing. In order to uncover the chronology of that period in Egyptian civilization, historians had to rely on other sources as alternatives to written records. The Bible was a primary means of calculating human history until Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory. Learn about the three main categories of prehistory, and what Egypt’s first inhabitants were like. […]

Egypt's pyramids and sphinx
Ancient History

Why Study the History of Ancient Egypt?

July 18, 2019

We know an incredible amount about the history of Egypt. We don’t know as much about the Mayans, the Assyrians, or the Babylonians, but we do know a lot about the Egyptians. Find out why that is and how best to approach a study of ancient Egypt. […]

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