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Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:10:43 +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's the Difference Between the Greeks and...

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



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?



The Lyrics to Latin Christmas Carol Adeste...

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The Lyrics to the Latin Christmas Carol Adeste Fideles.



Latin Lyrics for Christmas Carols

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Lyrics for Christmas Carols in Latin.



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.



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.



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.



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?



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.



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.



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.



Who's Who: Babylonian Gods and Goddesses

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Babylonian Gods and Goddesses. Ancient / Classical History.



Articles on the Story of Moses

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



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.



Classic Myths and Legends You Should Know

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



The Greek Alphabet, From Alpha to Omega

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The letters of the Greek alphabet.



5 Accomplishments of Julius Caesar

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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

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



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.



Winter Holidays Celebrating the Solstice

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6 Winter Holidays Besides Christmas. At or around the Winter Solstice there have been festivals and holidays in ancient as well as modern times.



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.



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.



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?



The 6 Major Greek Goddesses

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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.



Reasons for the Fall of Rome

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Common theories or reasons for the fall of rome.



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.



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

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Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



What Are the Main Divisions of the Bible?

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The Christian Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament, each of which is split into sections. Learn more.



Who Was Constantine the Great?

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



How to Say Happy Birthday in Latin

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



This Holiday Season, Celebrate Saturnalia!

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Saturnalia was a time to honor the god of sowing, Saturn. Like our Christmas, it was also a festival day on which a banquet was prepared.



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.



Greek Underworld Myths

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



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.



Ancient Greeks on Democracy

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



Greek Winter Solstice Celebrations

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



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.



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.






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.



Who Were the Major Figures of the Trojan War?

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Major figures in the Trojan War.



Who Were the Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses?

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Assyrian Gods and Goddesses and Babylonian Gods and Goddesses



Most Beautiful Women

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Here are my choices for the most beautiful ancient women.



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.



Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

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Here is a summary list of some of the major gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt and their primary functions.



Everything You Need to Know About Poseidon, The...

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Poseidon is a Greek god of the sea.



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).



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.



13 Ancient Cultures, and the Gods They Worshipped

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List of ancient gods and goddesses by Culture.



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.



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

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >About Latin Tenses



A Quick History on the Nymphs of Greek Mythology

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Nymphs (Greek plural: nymphai) are mythological nature spirits that appear as beautiful young women.



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.



The Early Kings of Rome

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The names and dates of the legendary kings of Rome.



Who Were the Etruscans?

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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.



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 Wisdom of King Solomon

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



3 Myths Featuring Hades, the God of the...

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Hades is the enemy of all life, gods, and men. He is rarely worshiped. There are, however, a few myths in which he plays a major role.



What's the Deal with the "X" in Xmas?

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The name Xmas is sometimes seen as a move to take the religious Christ element out of Christmas. But that's not its origins.



Theatron - Definition and Examples in Greek Drama

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In general, the theatron was where the audience of a Greek tragedy sat to view the performance. 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.



Does the Serenity Prayer Echo the Greco-Roman...

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The Stoics were Greeks and Romans, who followed a realistic, but morally idealistic way of life, echoed in the famous Serenity Prayer of 12 Steps



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.






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.



Latin Pronouns

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Learn the different types of pronouns in Latin and tips about their declensions.



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.



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.



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.



Ancient Greek and Roman Craftsmen

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What Was Life Like During the Pax Romana?

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: Pax



An Introduction to Sumer

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Civilization is said to have started in Sumer -- the land between the two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates.



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.



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 Spartacus Led a Slave Revolt and Defied Rome

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Learn about the slave revolt led by the Roman gladiator Spartacus.



Learning Latin? See a Handy Chart of Pronoun...

2017-01-16T11:10:43Z

Demonstrative pronouns can stand alone -- like nouns, but demonstrative adjectives can't. See the declension of the Latin demonstrative pronouns.



Beyond Russell Crowe: Everything You Need to...

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Fighting in the arena for the entertainment of the population of the Roman Empire, gladiators were well-trained slaves, usually.



What You Should Know about Plato, One of the...

2017-01-16T11:10:43Z

He was one of the most famous, respected, and influential philosophers of all time. A type of love (Platonic) is named for him. Learn more.