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Bust of Hannibal discovered in Capua

Hannibal’s Invasion of Italy

Leaving Spain in 218 BC, Carthaginian general Hannibal led a formidable army over the Alps during the treacherous winter in order to invade Italy...
Palaestra-Stabian thermal baths

Thermal baths in ancient Pompeii

The five large thermal baths in ancient city of Pompeii show us how much the bathing culture was developed in the ancient Roman society. Bathing...
Ancient Egyptians believed in different gods (polytheism)

Ancient Egyptian Gods and myths

Ancient Egyptian religion was based on polytheism, totemism, animism, anthropomorphism and fetishism. The Egyptian gods for the Egyptians represented the personification of the surrounding...
Noah sending the dove. Mosaic from the Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice (XII-XIII century).

Noah and Ancient Flood Mythologies

In the New Testament Gospel of Matthew (24.37-39), Jesus compared the future “end of the age” with the times of Noah. Like Isaiah and...
Ancient Hebrew seals discovered around Jerusalem

Ancient Hebrews Compared to Other Near East Cultures

The Ancient Hebrews saw themselves as “God’s chosen people.” Their monotheism separated them from all surrounding neighbors while their belief in God’s covenants offered...
Ruins of Pompeii from old postcard.

Pompeii, ancient city

The area of the ancient city Pompeii was firstly inhabited by the Neolithic population of the Campania who spoked Osci or Oscans language. The...
Example of Ostraca. Piece of pottery within names of persons who were expelled from Athens.

Ostracism, political practice in ancient Athens

In ancient Athens, there was an unusual method of condemning and banishing important political persons: it was voted by the Athenians in the so-called...
Illyrian gravestone

Illyrians

According to the Greek mythology quoted by Apollodorus, Illyrius was a founder of Illyrian genus. Illyrius was a son of Phoenician Cadmus and his...
Mummy in sarcophagus

Mummification in Ancient Egypt

Mummification, practiced by the ancient Egyptians, was used to preserve the body for the purpose of keeping the soul, or “ka”, intact for the...
Detail of wedding ceremony Ancient Egypt

Marriage in Ancient Egypt

Getting married in Ancient Egypt (as well as in other ancient civilizations) was important business because the family was considered the most valuable institution...

Ruins of Troy

Unlike other ancient ruins along Turkey’s Aegean coast, some of which are both imposing and intimidating, Troy appears the outcast, without imposing temples or remnant pillars soaring...
The Oracle of Delphi

Delphic Oracle and priestess Pythia

The Oracle of Delphi was a Greek center of shrine and predictions in Phocis (Central Greece) under the Mount Parnassus. For nearly a thousand years,...

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