Illustration by Fotokvadrat, depicting the gladiator fight. There are many stories about different gladiators, some of whom were not ready to fight in the game, especially those who were captured while fighting against Rome. They preferred to commit suicide instead.
Ancient History

Making of Gladiators and Humongous Preparations for the Big Game

October 6, 2020

In some gladiator games, nearly every contest resulted in the death of the loser, while in others, almost everyone was spared. From the 1st century A.D., details of about 100 fights were preserved on tombstones or inscriptions, and out of the 200 gladiators involved, 19 were recorded as killed. […]

Valley of Kings, in Luxor (Ancient Thebes) west bank, Egypt.
Ancient History

The Story of the Valley of the Kings

October 4, 2020

The innovations in Ancient Egypt continued during and after the reign of Tuthmosis. He was the one who was first buried at the Valley of the Kings. He changed the age-old tradition to preserve his life in the next world. […]

King Amenophis II, head statue, partly damaged, against solid yellow background.
Ancient History

Amenhotep I, Tuthmosis, and Their Kingship

October 4, 2020

Amenhotep I followed the glorious legacy of his father, who was a great ruler of the XVIIIth Dynasty. He was followed by Tuthmosis, an equally powerful and successful king. […]

The image shows ruins of ancient Greece.
Ancient History

Ancient Greece: Sources of Relaxation and Entertainment

September 27, 2020

Ancient Greeks believed in living relaxed lives. The men spent much of their time in activities that helped them socialize and relax, such as sporting events, visiting clubs or theaters, and attending symposia. However, women in ancient Greece were expected to take care of their houses and not go out without being chaperoned. […]

The image shows two men reclining on a couch at a symposium in ancient Greece.
Ancient History

Symposium: An Important Part of Ancient Greek Culture

September 27, 2020

An integral part of ancient Greek culture, the symposia were drinking parties held in private homes. They could range from intellectual discussions to orgies, depending on the guests present. They were also a big platform for culture transmission. […]

The image shows the ruins of the Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece.
Ancient History

Ancient Greece: Relaxing Style of Life in Athens

September 27, 2020

People in ancient Athens led very relaxed lives. A typical day was spent in pursuing various activities in the Agora, gymnasia, and symposia. The ancient Greeks believed that life was much too valuable to be spent working. […]

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