soldiers in hospital during the 1918 spanish flu pandemic
Coronavirus News

The 1918 Spanish Flu—Why We Were So Vulnerable

March 27, 2020

Epidemic diseases have often changed the course of human history—the death of a world leader, an epidemic before a great battle—but few diseases have accomplished it through sheer brute force. The deadliest epidemic of all times wasn’t smallpox, wasn’t the Black Death—it was the 1918 Flu. In one year, an estimated 50 to 100 million people died out of a global population of 1.8 billion. In America alone, 675,000 people died of the flu. […]

Statues of Egyptian gods Osiris and Isis (Image: By Zzvet/Shutterstock)
Ancient History

Isis and Osiris: Death and Rebirth in Ancient Egypt

October 20, 2019

What did the ancient Egyptians believe about the existence of life after death? For the answer, you need to go back to the myth of Isis and Osiris. Explore this story of good and evil, murder and resurrection, and you’ll discover the roots of many familiar burial customs—including mummies. […]

Relief in the Hathor temple at Dendera representing the Ogdoad
Ancient History

Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths: Of Water and Gods

October 20, 2019

The ancient Egyptians had a treasure trove of myths that offered different explanations for why things are the way they are. One of the most intriguing of these myths involved the origin of the entire universe. Explore this fascinating story of water gods, primordial hills, and the birth of some of Egypt’s most iconic deities. […]

Hieroglyphic carvings on the exterior walls of an Egyptian temple.
Ancient History

Investigate Art History in Ancient Egypt

October 9, 2019

Like any good civilization, Egyptian art tells us a great deal about the people who made it. Investigate the “art historical” approach to ancient Egyptian history. […]

Archaeological site near the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahri.
Ancient History

Reconstructing Egyptian History with Archaeology Excavation Techniques

October 7, 2019

Although no written records exist of Egyptian prehistory, historians can use several archaeology excavation techniques to construct a reasonable timeline, as well as to discover what life was like for Egypt’s earliest inhabitants. These methods include studying pottery remains, as well as carbon dating, and stratigraphy. […]

ancient Egyptian wall relief with people figures bringing tools
Ancient History

Ancient Egyptian Tools: Building Civilizations

October 6, 2019

From 700,000 B.C. to roughly 70,000 B.C., the only tool used by Egypt’s inhabitants was the hand ax. However, ancient Egyptian tools began to grow increasingly varied and more sophisticated with the arrival of the Neanderthals, followed by Homo sapiens. With new tools, came new possibilities, allowing humans to transition from nomadic lifestyles into settlements. […]

v=Nabta Playa Calendar Circle, reconstructed at Aswan Nubia museum
Ancient History

Prehistoric Egypt: Deciphering Egypt’s Timeline

October 5, 2019

Prehistoric Egypt refers to that mysterious stretch of time before Egypt had writing. In order to uncover the chronology of that period in Egyptian civilization, historians had to rely on other sources as alternatives to written records. The Bible was a primary means of calculating human history until Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory. Learn about the three main categories of prehistory, and what Egypt’s first inhabitants were like. […]

Sepoy soldiers in British India
History

The Sepoy Rebellion and the Threat to British India

February 25, 2019

The Sepoy Rebellion—the uprising of thousands of Indian soldiers—was the single greatest threat to British India since the Battle of Plassey in 1757. But this uprising was much more than a simple military mutiny or nationalist uprising. […]

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