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. […]

Charlemagne (742-814), (Image: Everett Historical/Shutterstock)
European History

The Reign of Charlemagne: Living in Charlemagne’s Kingdom

December 1, 2017

Charlemagne, Carolus Magnus, Charles the Great, was the greatest member of the Carolingian family, which arose in the early 7th century in the northeastern region of the Frankish world. He reigned over the Franks from 768 to 814. His reign marks a turning point in European history. […]

Pope Clement VII and Emperor Charles V on horseback under a canopy, by Jacopo Ligozzi, c. 1580
European History

Monarchs and Kings: Establishing 16th-Century Dynasties of Europe

December 1, 2017

As Europe approached 1500, a generation of stronger monarchs arose. Their goal was to suppress baronial rebellions and subordinate the church and aristocracy. They wanted to make themselves more secure and, ultimately, absolute. They would establish the modern conception of the nation-state with unitary loyalty owed to that state. […]

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. […]

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