Ancient History

Intrigue, Insanity, and the Reign of Commodus

December 1, 2017

Marcus Aurelius departed sharply from the adoptive principle of succession, seeding the advancement of his son Commodus despite his extreme youth. A Decision that would prove to be disastrous. […]

Caesar Crossing the Rubicon (Image: By Ellis, Edward Sylvester/Public domain)
Ancient History

Caesar’s Road to the Rubicon—Rome Goes to War

December 1, 2017

With three large egos involved, it was inevitable that tensions within the triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus would rise. Yet how did the situation deteriorate so drastically that, when Caesar crossed a small river, known as the Rubicon, on January 10, 49 B.C., it was akin to a declaration of war on Rome? […]

Ancient History

The Hittites—The First Ancient Empire

December 1, 2017

For half a millennium, from their homeland in central Anatolia, the Hittites played a role in Near Eastern politics equal to the traditional great powers of Mesopotamia and Egypt. […]

The city of Alexandria and the lighthouse.
Ancient History

How Alexander Built Alexandria—The Myth and Legend

December 1, 2017

The Alexandrians were not really interested at all in anything to do with Egypt. They saw their city as a sort of divine foundation of the Greeks. Plutarch tells us that when Alexander came to Egypt, he left behind a large and populous Greek city that would bear his name: Alexandria. […]

Image of Mosaic Floor found at Villa Torre de Palma
Ancient History

Discovering an Ancient Roman Villa: Torre de Palma

December 1, 2017

Torre de Palma, the “Tower of the Palm,” is a Roman latifundia, or villa, way out in the westernmost province of the mainland of the Roman Empire, in modern-day Portugal. It was discovered in 1947 in a special way that is emblematic of certain kinds of discoveries. […]

Earth (Image: Triff/Shutterstock)
Ancient History

The Eight Fundamental Thresholds of Big History

December 1, 2017

David Christian structures his groundbreaking Big History course around eight fundamental thresholds. Each of them is associated with new forms of complexity, and each of which has new emergent properties. Here we will take a high-level look at the eight fundamental thresholds of Big History and the material covered within each. […]

image of scroll with Egyptian hieroglyphs
Ancient History

Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

June 30, 2017

Ancient Egyptian civilization is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating chapters in human history. While remnants of the culture like temples, obelisks, and sarcophagi continue to mystify us, you can unlock their true meaning if you know how to read hieroglyphs. […]

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