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From the powerful civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley, to the fearsome yet sophisticated society of the Vikings, the ancient world was a surprising and challenging place. Here we feature some of the most seminal and influential events and people throughout history, that have helped shape the world we know today.

Royal Excess and Corruption - Catalysts of the French Revolution

Royal Excess and Corruption - Catalysts of the French Revolution

The French Revolution , a pivotal moment in history, was catalyzed by a culmination of factors, with corruption at the forefront. The ruling class, ensconced in opulence at Versailles, grew...
The Origins of Welsh Bardic Scripts

The Origins of Welsh Bardic Scripts

The entire body of ancient Celtic lore and legend was transmitted from mouth to ear, without being written down. The oldest written texts contain material that may have existed in oral form for...
Drone view of lighthouses from Cape Arkona

Cape Arkona - the Last Stronghold of Pagan Slavs

Cape Arkona, a truly dramatic and poignant headland on the island of Rügen in Germany, stands as an important historical and cultural monument, and one of the most important places in the history of...

Hunnic burial Poland

In 2018, archaeologists made a significant discovery in the village of Czulice near Krakow, Poland. Led by Jakub Niebylski of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the team unearthed a 1,600-year-old...
Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God, by Matejko

The Scientific Revolution: Shaping the Foundations of the Modern World

The Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries marked a transformative period in human history, characterized by profound conceptual shifts and unprecedented scientific progress. It began...
The Iron Crown of the Lombards

10 Most Important Kings of the Lombards

The Lombards were a Germanic people who played a significant role in shaping the history of Europe, especially during the early medieval period. Originating from the lower Elbe River region, the...
El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan

Beliefs on Chichén Itzá's Sacrificial Past Overturned by Ancient DNA

Recent genetic research has revolutionized our understanding of the ritual practices at Chichén Itzá, one of Mesoamerica's most iconic archaeological sites. Contrary to the long-held belief that...
Roman Baths in Bath, England. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.

The Roman Baths Had Ancient Healing Powers

The history of the Roman Baths in Bath, England, unveils a narrative rich in intrigue and cultural significance. Bath , known for its elegant Georgian architecture today, has a murky origin tale...
Image of an ancient pope.

John XXIII: How A Pirate Became A Pope (Video)

In the tumultuous era of the Western Schism , an unexpected figure emerged from the shadows to claim the highest seat in the Catholic Church. Baldassare Cossa, whose reputation was marred by tales of...
Photo of King Charles III and The Ambras Castle Portrait of Vlad III.

From Vlad the Impaler to the British Crown: King Charles III's Ancestral Ties

King Charles III, the current monarch of the United Kingdom, is a figure of significant interest not only due to his contemporary role but also because of his fascinating ancestral lineage. Among his...
Photo of King Charles III and The Ambras Castle Portrait of Vlad III.
Roman Elites Alone Wore Tyrian Purple, Maintaining Social Hierarchy

Roman Elites Alone Wore Tyrian Purple, Maintaining Social Hierarchy

Throughout history, the rich and powerful have attempted to control access to items considered luxurious or status symbols. Today, this is done through marketing and price setting (a prominent...
Great Fire of London in 1666

What Happened After the Great Fire of London in 1666: Rise From Ashes

Following the devastating Great Fire of London in 1666 , the city faced immediate and long-lasting repercussions. The fire, which began at a bakery on Putting Lane, quickly engulfed the majority of...
Mount Io, one of the still-active volcanoes

Researchers of Largest Volcanic Eruption in History Honored by Antiquity

The prestigious Antiquity Trust has just announced its decision to award its Ben Cullen Prize for innovative archaeological research to a team of experts who studied the impact of a massive volcanic...
AI image of a praying Monk.

The Spread of Buddhism from India to East Asia - A Tale of How Peace Won

Buddhism, a spiritual and philosophical tradition founded by Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha , in the 5th century BC, originated in the Indian subcontinent. Over the centuries, however, it transcended...
Representation of Roman generals

Late Republican Era Rome's Influential Generals (Video)

The transformation of Rome during the Late Republican era was marked by a series of significant changes, particularly in its military and political landscape. From 133 BC to 27 BC, Rome experienced a...
Suleiman the Magnificent

Suleiman the Magnificent's Journey from Life to Death

The reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, spanning 46 years, reshaped the Ottoman Empire through both conquest and unconventional personal choices. Unlike his predecessors, Suleiman pursued a different...
Royal Palaces of Abomey

Macabre Evidence Uncovered in West Africa Finds Palace Made of Blood!

In West Africa ’s tiny country of Benin, along the Gulf of Guinea, there's a palace with a construction history steeped in legend and macabre details. Located in Abomey, the legend says that this...
the House of Medici

How Did the House of Medici Pioneer the Creation of the First Bank? (Video)

In the 12th century, the Medici family transitioned from their humble origins in the Tuscan village of Cafaggiolo to become one of the most influential families in Florence. Initially benefiting from...
Roman Baths in Bath, England.

New Study Reveals Healing Properties of Water at Roman Baths in England

Few surviving Roman installations are as popular in England as the Roman Baths , which can be found in the appropriately named city of Bath, Somerset . Nearly 2,000 years after these public...
The Never-Ending Evolution of Time

The Never-Ending Evolution of Time (Video)

The concept of time, while deeply ingrained in human society, is a construct that has evolved over millennia. Early humans initially marked the passing of time by observing natural phenomena, such as...
Catholic church - Corpus Christi.

Exploring Corpus Christi: Faith, Culture, and Folk Tradition

The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Dies Sanctissimi Corporis et Sanguinis Domini Iesu Christi, is one of the Catholic Church's most vibrant celebrations, celebrated across the world via an array of...
Depiction of cauldrons in the rock art of an Iron Age settlement in Minusinsk, Russia.

Blood Sausages and Yak Milk: Bronze Age Cuisine of Mongolian Nomads Unveiled

University of Basel Bronze cauldrons were used by the inhabitants of the Mongolian steppe around 2,700 years ago to process animal blood and milk. This is shown by a protein analysis of...
Bronze statue torso detail of a butt-naked horseman

Fighting in the Buff: Did Celtic Warriors Really Go to War Naked?

The Celts were known in ancient times to have been ferocious warriors. According to certain written sources, some of these Celtic warriors went a step further by going into battle carrying only their...

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