Egypt Luxor Temple. granite Statue of Ramesses II seated in front of columns (Image: CL-Medien/Shutterstock)
Ancient History

Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World: Egyptian Pharaohs

December 1, 2017

Official Egyptian religious culture was centered on temple worship, and temple worship was always carried out in the name of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The concerns of official Egyptian religious culture were expressed in “cult”—that is, in actions of ritual worship. […]

Standard of Ur. Sumerian artwork, ca. 2600-2400 BC. From tomb 779 Ur. British Museum. Detail
Ancient History

Archaeological Wonders of Mesopotamia: The Royal Cemetery at Ur

December 1, 2017

One of the most spectacular and widely publicized archaeological discoveries in Mesopotamia was the cemetery at Ur, excavated in the late 1920s. Ur had been known for many years because of the large ziggurat mound that dominated the site. Visitors to the region had described the site in the 17th century A.D. […]

Ancient History

Gothic Migration: Barbarians at the Roman Gate

December 1, 2017

The western half of the Roman Empire, as a political unit, formally came to an end in A.D. 476 with the deposing of the last Roman emperor in the west. The deposing of the last western emperor was the result of a chain of events set in motion by the Gothic migration of A.D. 376. […]

Bronz head of Sargon of Akkad (Image: By Photograph: Iraqi Directorate General of Antiquities - Encyclopedia Britannica Online/Public Domain)
Ancient History

The Epic Reign of Sargon of Akkad

December 1, 2017

The rise of Sargon of Akkad, who ruled from 2334 to 2279 B.C., is a story that tells of the creation of a new, powerful dynasty in Mesopotamian history. […]

Obelisk's in Karnak Templ
Ancient History

Erecting an Obelisk: A Monument of Egyptian Grandeur

December 1, 2017

One of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s greatest achievements were the obelisks that she had quarried and erected at Karnak Temple. Let’s talk about just what a great achievement it was—how difficult it was to quarry an obelisk and to erect it. In some ways erecting an obelisk was harder than building a pyramid. […]

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. […]

1 21 22 23 24 25