A mural depicting the seige of Constantinople, with the fortified city of Constantinople in a frenzy, soldiers firing arrows at the enemies outside from the towers, aristocrats and the emperor watching the battle in progress from their elevated perches, and outside the city enemy forces on horses, with canons pointed at Constantinople.

Decline of Byzantine Empire and Rise of Islam. Are the two connected?

November 23, 2020

The inception of Islam can be traced back to early 7th century, and around the same time the Byzantine Empire with its capital in Constantinople was in a very strong position. But with the spread of Islam and the Arabic conquests fundamentally reshaped the Mediterranean world and created religious, cultural, and linguistic boundaries that persist even today. […]

Ancient Greek tombs in Ceramicus.
Greek History

Death in Ancient Greece

November 20, 2020

Death in ancient Greek society was far more unreserved than in modern societies. In what ways were Greeks more uninhibited? […]

Ekphora, the second rite of passage, shown on an ancient piece of pottery.
Greek History

Living the Ancient Greek Death

November 20, 2020

What was death like for the ancient Greeks? The ancient Greeks believed that death was polluting and was something that needed to be faced bravely. They also held strong beliefs in the afterlife. Many rites and rituals of those times centered around their beliefs of death and life henceforth. […]

Charon helping the dead across the river Styx.
Greek History

The Ancient Greek Afterlife and Its Evolution

November 20, 2020

The afterlife of ancient Greece was considered as a cheerless apathetic place where no judgement awaited anyone. But from the 6th century B.C. onward, the introduction of new mystery religions added the concept of blessedness to the death. […]

A statue of Amenhotep III.
Ancient History

Glory Years of Ancient Egypt Under Amenhotep III

November 17, 2020

Amenhotep III introduced unique practices in his court­—from marrying a commoner to signing trade agreements with foreign countries. His reign ushered an era of stability and glory in Egypt. […]

Attila riding a pale horse.
Ancient History

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire: Alaric and Attila

November 12, 2020

Alaric’s sack of Rome was a big blow for the Roman Empire. It showed the weakness of the Western Roman Empire and gave an opportunity to the numerous barbarian tribes to carve out their own territories in the Roman provinces. This was the beginning of the downfall of the Western Roman Empire. […]

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