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Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:11:50 +0000

 



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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?



A List of Ancient Sun Gods and Sun Goddesses

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

A list of the sun gods from various ancient religions.



What Factors Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Every God and Goddess You Never Knew

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Ancient Greeks Blame Woman for the World's...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

A brief version of the story of Pandora's Box



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.



The Meaning Behind the Sword of Damocles

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The Sword of Damocles was described by the Roman orator Cicero in his 'Tusculan Disputations'. Here's my explanation of the proverbial expression.



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.



Who's Who: Babylonian Gods and Goddesses

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Babylonian Gods and Goddesses. Ancient / Classical History.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Myths Featuring the Great Titan Prometheus

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Articles on the Story of Moses

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



9 Accomplishments of the Ancient Chinese

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Which Greek Hero Are You?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Classic Myths and Legends You Should Know

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



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.



Immortal Combat: Gods of War You Never Knew

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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.



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.



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

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



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.



8 Greek Gods Everyone Should Know

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Reasons for the Fall of Rome

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Common theories or reasons for the fall of rome.



These Terms Will Help You Read Ancient History

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



A Timeline for the Fall of Rome

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



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.



What's Behind the Ancient Acronym SPQR?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Most Beautiful Women

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Here are my choices for the most beautiful ancient women.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Before You Learn About the Greek Goddesses

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These are the major goddesses of Greek mythology.



The When and Where of Major Events in Ancient...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Time line of major events in the ancient history of the world. Most dates and events on the ancient history timeline are of political importance.



Ancient Greeks on Democracy

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



A Guide to Norse Mythology

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



What Do We Really Know About the Life and Work...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Learn what we think we know about the writer of one of the top three most popular books of all time.



Who Were the Major Figures of the Trojan War?

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Major figures in the Trojan War.



Who Was Constantine the Great?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Hercules FAQ and Fact Sheet

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Learn About the Dynasties of Ancient China

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Toga, Toga! 5 Facts About Ancient Greek Clothing

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Five facts about ancient Greco-Roman clothing.



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



Aristotle's Take on Democracy

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



13 Ancient Cultures, and the Gods They Worshipped

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

List of ancient gods and goddesses by Culture.



Everything You Need to Know about Apollo

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



The Early Kings of Rome

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The names and dates of the legendary kings of Rome.



Roman Military Leaders

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Descriptions of nine Roman military leaders listed in alphabetical order.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld.



Do You Know All of Apollo's Mates?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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 Many, Many Wives of the Bible's King David

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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

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10 Important Norse Gods and Goddesses

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Read a Story of Friendship: Damon and Pythias

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The friendship story of Damon and Pythias and their confrontation with the tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse.



How Important Was the Chorus to Greek Theater?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



What Was the Charge Against Socrates?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

What was the charge against Socrates for which he had to commit suicide by drinking a cup of hemlock?



The Sindhu RIver

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The Sindhu River, also commonly referred to as the Indus River, is a major river in South Asia. The Sindhu is one of the longest rivers in the world.



What Are the Main Divisions of the Bible?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



15 Translations for Colors in Latin

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



The Greek Alphabet, From Alpha to Omega

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The letters of the Greek alphabet.



Who Were the Etruscans?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



How to Say Happy Birthday in Latin

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



A List of 'The Iliad' Characters

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The Iliad is attributed to Homer, although we don't know for sure who wrote it. Here are major characters, both mortal and immortal, from The Iliad.



Classical Greece

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The Classical Age of Greece ran from the Persian Wars to Phillip of Macedon and Alexander the Great. This page on the Classical Age summarizes political and military aspects.



Find Out the Major Events of Ancient Greece's...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The major events in ancient Greek history along a timeline.



Greek Underworld Myths

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



12 Ancient Lunar Luminaries

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Socrates Sources

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Ancient sources who wrote about the philosopher Socrates.



Who Were the Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Assyrian Gods and Goddesses and Babylonian Gods and Goddesses



Who Was Moses?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



When Did the Most Famous Greek Philosophers Live?

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Timeline of Greek and Roman Philosophers.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Walled Chinese Cities Along the Yellow River in...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The enormous walled cities of China's Shang Dynasty were the first constructed after written records were kept by the Shang Dynasty emperors.



Which Was the World's First Empire?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Answer to the question, Ancient/Classical History.



The Life and Romances of Cleopatra

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Decide for Yourself: Is Atlantis Real or Fiction?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Atlantis is a story from Plato's Timaeus.



The Flood Myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

The story of Deucalion and Pyrrha is the flood myth of Greek mythology.



The 5 Worst Roman Emperors

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

My list of the worst Roman emperors.



Who Came, Saw, and Conquered? The Meaning of...

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What You Would Have Seen in the Great Roman...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

A reconstructed image of the Roman Forum.



Which Are the Important Ancient Rivers?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Most ancient civilizations sprung up along or between rivers that provided water for agriculture and transportation. These are some of the most important.



Persia Timeline

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

A Persia timeline showing major events in the ancient history of the empire of Persia (modern Iran) from 3400 B.C. to 641-42.



The 12 Greek Gods You Should Know

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

In Greek mythology, there were 12 Olympians, gods and goddesses, who lived and held thrones on Mount Olympus.



The 6 Major Greek Goddesses

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



Theatron - Definition and Examples in Greek Drama

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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



The History Behind 'The 300'

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Date and very brief description of the Persian War Battle of Thermopylae at which the Spartans, under Leonidas, fought bravely to their death.



Words With Latin Roots

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Information on English words with Latin roots and others based on the classical languages, Latin and Greek.



The Many Vital Contributions Ancient Greeks...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Read about the important inventions attributed to early Greek scientists. This list is in chronological order.



7 Points to Know About Ancient Greek Government

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Ancient Greek government varied from place to place and time to time.



Did Hector Kill Menelaus?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Menelaus - The Trojan War role of Menelaus and the truth about whether Hector killed Menelaus king of Sparta.



What Did the Ancient Romans Wear?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

A list of ancient Roman clothing.



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

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

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.



Did Hector Kill Ajax?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Ajax - Did Hector kill Ajax in the Trojan War?



Vulgar Latin - Learn Why Late Latin Was Called...

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

Not Classical Latin, but the common or vulgar Latin was the base for the modern Romance languages, like modern French, Spanish, Italian, etc.



How Did the Norse Believe the World Was Created?

2016-09-24T11:11:50Z

In Norse mythology there are 9 worlds that are divided among three levels all held together by the world tree, Ygdrasil. Learn about the worlds' creation.