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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:13:28 +0000

 



The Ten Greatest Greek Heroes

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Ten of the greatest heroes of Greek legend, including Odysseus, Achilles, Perseus, Theseus, and Hercules.



What Were the Plagues of Egypt, and

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The Ten Plagues of Egypt were sent down by the Hebrew God to convince Pharaoh to let the Hebrews out of slavery and go home to Canaan.



In Other Words: Use the Abbreviations I.e. and...

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When do you use the common abbreviations i.e., and when do you use e.g., and what do they mean?



What's the Difference Between the Greeks and...

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Some basic comparisons between ancient Rome and ancient Greece, more specifically, ancient Athens.



Every God and Goddess You Never Knew

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An Index of Gods and Goddess of World Mythology, with Content from About.com's Vast Ancient History Archive.



A List of Ancient Sun Gods and Sun Goddesses

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A list of the sun gods from various ancient religions.



What Factors Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire?

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Introduction to the Fall of the Rome and the Decline of the Roman Empire: When Did Rome Fall, How and Why Did Rome Fall?



Famous People and Wars from Greek Mythology

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They don't make hero stories like these anymore. Read up on Trojan War heroes and other Greeks who successfully battled impossible odds.



Pandora's Box: Ancient Greeks Blame Women for...

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Pandora's box is a metaphor for great ills arising from a single, stupid mistake; but in Greek mythology, Pandora's story is much more than that.



Latin Lyrics for Christmas Carols

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Lyrics for Christmas Carols in Latin.



8 Greek Gods Everyone Should Know

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Here are the eight main gods of Greek mythology. Learn about their main powers and attributes.



The Lyrics to Latin Christmas Carol Adeste...

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The Lyrics to the Latin Christmas Carol Adeste Fideles.



Who's Who: Babylonian Gods and Goddesses

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Babylonian Gods and Goddesses. Ancient / Classical History.



The Roman Republic's 3 Branches of Government

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In 509 (possibly), the Romans expelled their Etruscan kings and established the Roman Republic, with 3 branches of government.



Equivalent Roman and Greek Names for the...

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The Greek and Roman civilizations shared many aspects in common, not the least of which was their pantheon, their collection of gods.



A Quick Summary on the Life and Times of Julius...

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Learn a dozen important facts about Julius Caesar. Page 2.



Articles on the Story of Moses

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Articles on aspects of the story of Moses, including the burning bush.



Classic Myths and Legends You Should Know

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Myths and Legends the story of Cupid and Psyche. Page 4.



Know All the Greek Immortals: Gods, Muses,...

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There are many types of immortal beings in Greek mythology. Some are depicted as humanoid, some as part animal, and some are not readily visualized.



These Terms Will Help You Read Ancient History

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The Ancient / Classical History glossary is an evolving resource on people and topics in ancient history, mythology and classical literature, mostly with very brief descriptions and biographies.



The Surviving Tragedies of Euripides

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The names and dates of the tragedies by Euripides.



5 Accomplishments of Julius Caesar

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Read about five of the deeds and accomplishments of the great Julius Caesar.



The Sword of Damocles: A Roman Moral Philosophy...

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The Sword of Damocles was described by the Roman orator Cicero in his 'Tusculan Disputations'.But what did he mean by that?



Here's Why These Are the Most Important People...

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Here are my selections for the most important names in ancient history. This list excludes people whose existence is disputed by most classical scholars.



Non-Standard Roman Male Sexuality

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Greek and Roman attitudes towards sexuality weren't exactly the same.



What kind of government did the Roman Republic...

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The Roman Republic was a form of government that mixed democracy with aristocracy and monarchy.



Everything You Need to Know about Apollo

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Learn about Apollo, a very popular Greek and Roman god, his passions, gifts to mankind, and association with the sun. Also learn about Apollo's application in modern culture.



Myths Featuring the Great Titan Prometheus

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The term philanthropist is a perfect term for the great titan of Greek mythology, Prometheus. He loved us. He helped us. He suffered for us.



What Was the World Like During the Roman...

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Roman culture includes its architecture and technology, entertainment system, which includes gladiators and Roman theater, its literature, medicine, religion and myth, and philosophy.



Which Greek Hero Are You?

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Take this little quiz to see which major ancient hero you are most like. Just don't take it too seriously.



The Last Days and Death of Hercules, Greek Hero

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Hercules didn't have an easy life, so you shouldn't be surprised to learn how difficult it was for him to die. Learn about his death and what came next.



Ancient Greeks on Democracy

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Some of the major writings by ancient Greeks on the topic of democracy.



Why Was the Peloponnesian War Fought?

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A look at the causes and sequences of events leading up to the Peloponnesian War.



The Many, Many Wives of the Bible's King David

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The many wives of King David in the Bible played important roles in the history of Israel. Through their relationships, David's wives brought him political alliances and material wealth, as well as 19 sons and one daughter. Three of David's wives were especially significant to Israel's history. They are Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba.



The 5 Worst Roman Emperors

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My list of the worst Roman emperors.



Everything You Need to Know About the Greek God...

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Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld.



Aristotle's Take on Democracy

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Aristotle argues that all forms of government have their problems, including, but not limited to democracy.



Plato on the Story of Atlantis

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Atlantis is a story from Plato's Timaeus. Geologists have never been able to disprove whether the so-called lost city existed at all, but its legend persists.



Hercules FAQ and Fact Sheet

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Learn the names of Hercules wives, and find the answers to other common questions about the Greek hero.



A Timeline for the Fall of Rome

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This Fall of Rome timeline uses standard events and marks the end with Gibbon's conventionally accepted date for the fall of Rome in A.D. 476.



Immortal Combat: Gods of War You Never Knew

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A list of war gods and goddesses from the mythology of the world.



The Growth of Rome

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An introductory look at the growth of Rome, how Rome expanded its power to become master of Italy.



Who Was Moses?

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Moses, the recipient of the Ten Commandments in the Bible, and a Hebrew prophet, was the leader of the Hebrew people when they left Egypt and wandered in the wilderness during the Biblical Exodus.



Get to Know the First Chinese Dynasty: Xia...

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The Xia dynasty was the first to irrigate, produce cast bronze and a strong army. It used oracle bones and had a calendar



Who Called Helen of Troy "The Face That...

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The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships refers to Helen of Troy, who stole the heart of Greeks, Trojans, and Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.



The Greek Alphabet, From Alpha to Omega

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The letters of the Greek alphabet.



A Timeline of the Peloponnesian War's Major...

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Greek against Greek, the war wore both sides down leading to a state where the leader of Macedonia and his sons, Philip and Alexander, could take control.



13 Ancient Cultures, and the Gods They Worshipped

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List of ancient gods and goddesses by Culture.



How Ancient Greeks Believed the World Was Formed

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Despite repeated parental attempts to eat or hide their offspring, the birth of the Olympian gods and goddesses including Zeus and Hera followed the emergence of the titans Cronus and Rhea who sprang from Uranus the sky and Gaia the earth.



9 Accomplishments of the Ancient Chinese

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Advances in technology and the arts and other accomplishments, especially in the area of technology, in the ancient Chinese dynasties.



Odyssey Book XXIV Quiz

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Quiz on Odyssey Book XXIV



Most Beautiful Women

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Here are my choices for the most beautiful ancient women.



Dates of the Roman Emperors

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Various chronologies and timelines of the rulers of Rome during the period of the Roman Empire.



Do You Know All of Apollo's Mates?

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Apollo mated with many women and a few men. He sired mostly males. His wives include Marpessa, Chione, Koronis, Daphne, Arsinoe and Kassandra.



Reasons for the Fall of Rome

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Common theories or reasons for the fall of rome.



Who Was Constantine the Great?

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Constantine the Great was the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire.



Learn About the Dynasties of Ancient China

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It is customary to refer to events in Chinese history according to the dynasty to which the period's ancient rulers belonged. Learn more.



Who Were the Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses?

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Assyrian Gods and Goddesses and Babylonian Gods and Goddesses



Who Were the Major Figures of the Trojan War?

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Major figures in the Trojan War.



The Wisdom of King Solomon

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The Biblical passage showing the classical example of the wisdom of Solomon.



Before You Learn About the Greek Goddesses

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These are the major goddesses of Greek mythology.



Nero - Profile of the Roman Emperor

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Roman Emperor Nero is famed for watching while Rome burned, and then blaming the conflagration on the Christians, whom he persecuted. Learn more.



10 Important Norse Gods and Goddesses

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The Norse gods are divided into two major groups, the Aesir and Vanir, in addition to the giants who came first. Learn more.



Who Was Paul of Tarsus?

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Paul of Tarsus was a Jew who had Roman citizenship and tried to stamp out Christianity until he had a vision on the Road to Damascus.



A Timeline of the 5 Eras of Ancient Roman History

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This timeline shows the major divisions of ancient Rome over time and the defining features of each.



15 Translations for Colors in Latin

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List of the words for colors in Latin and their English translations, along with information on words and word derivations.



Profile of the Greek God Zeus

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The Greek god Zeus was the top Olympian god in the Greek pantheon. Zeus is father of gods and men. He controls lightning and thunder.



Solomon - Learn About the Biblical King

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King Solomon was the last of the Biblical kings of the United Monarchy period. He has been credited with writing Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Song of Songs.



The Life and Romances of Cleopatra

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Cleopatra is best known for her relations with leading Romans, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and the manner of her death. Learn more.



What Happened During the Shang Dynasty, and Why...

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The Shang Dynasty of ancient China was the first dynasty in Chinese history with both archaeological and documentary evidence.



12 Ancient Lunar Luminaries

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Gods and goddess of the moons came in male and female forms. An alphabetical list of deities or personifications of the moon.



The 6 Major Greek Goddesses

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In Greek mythology, these Greek goddesses frequently interact with mankind, sometimes benevolently, but often ruthlessly.



How to Say Happy Birthday in Latin

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

In Latin, words that mean may it be a happy birthday would convey the message of Happy Birthday.



What Were the Gifts of the 3 Wise Men?

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The names of the magi or three wisemen who visited the Christ child.



Why the Death of Attila the Hun Is Such a Mystery

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There are so many mysteries of ancient history and the cause of the death of Attila is just one of them.



What Was Life Like During the Pax Romana?

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A Guide to Norse Mythology

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Background information on Norse mythology. This section is on the Aesir and Vanir gods and goddesses.



The Early Kings of Rome

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The names and dates of the legendary kings of Rome.



End of the Republic of Rome

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Resources on the end of the Republic of Rome, the turblent period from the Gracchi to the elevation of Octavian (Augustus).



Greek Underworld Myths

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A quick look at some of the main Greek Underworld myths.



Highlights of Hadrian's Path to Becoming Emperor

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Hadrian was the Roman emperor responsible for the wall across Britain named for him.



Asclepius, God of Healing in Greek & Roman...

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The tragedy of Alcestis, by Euripides, came about because Zeus killed the son of Apollo, Asclepius, the healing god.



How Important Was the Chorus to Greek Theater?

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Learn these important points about Greek theater and especially Greek tragedy. Page 2.



Who Were Hercules's Parents?

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Who were the parents of Hercules? Let's meet the triad that raised this future superhero.



Get the Lyrics to 'Angels We Have Heard on High'

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The Lyrics to the Latin Christmas Carol Gloria in Excelsis Deo.



Tone Up Your Conversation With These Famous Names

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A starting place to learn about the important people of the ancient world.



Latin Learners, Start With This Guide to Latin...

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Why Dionysus Brought the Party with Him

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While his half-brother Apollo personifies the cerebral aspects of mankind, Dionysus represents the libido and gratification. Learn more.



Who Was Agamemnon?

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Agamemnon, the leading king of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, became king of Mycenae by driving out his uncle, Thyestes. Learn more.



How Taxes Led to the Fall of Rome

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Rome fell or changed partly as a result of economic policies of the Roman emperors.



See Art Based on the Odyssey

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

Homer's Odyssey has inspired impressive artwork. Here are some of the artistic representations of people Odysseus encountered, based on the Odyssey.



Who Were the Etruscans?

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

The Etruscans, who lived in Etruria, were known as Tyrrhenians by the Greeks. They were at their height in Italy from the 8th to the 5th century B.C.



Roman Republic

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

The form we know of as republic started in ancient Rome as an alternative to the monarchy. Here you'll read about the meaning of the term, the event that triggered the creation of the republic, and what the Romans devised as the form of government under the republican umbrella.



Constantinople - Capital of the Eastern Roman...

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Here's a look at its history, fortifications and geography.



Greek Winter Solstice Celebrations

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In Greece there were winter solstice celebrations, including ones honoring the sea god Poseidon.



The Myth of Atlantis From the Timaeus of Plato

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English translation, by Jowett, of the Myth of Atlantis, from Plato's Timaeus.



You Can Read a Latin Ghost Story

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The Younger Pliny's ghost story about a haunted House in Latin.



What's Behind the Ancient Acronym SPQR?

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

The abbreviation SPQR refers to the Roman senate and the Roman people. Here is a look at the Latin for each of the letters in the abbreviation.



Everything You Need to Know About Hercules

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

Hercules is such a popular figure from Greek mythology that you have undoubtedly heard of him or seen him in movies or on the television. If you want to know the basic facts and events of his life, here is the basic information the media uses to portray the demigod.



How to Write Greek Letters With HTML

2016-12-03T11:13:28Z

If you don't have a font and only want to add a few letters of Greek, here is the code for upper and lower case Greek letters.