Ancient History

The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida will open its newly renovated galleries to the public on October 27. Among the items now on display include a 3400 pound carved marble sarcophagus probably from Roman Syria featuring a reclining couple surrounded by Erotes and smaller animal figures. The piece is on loan from a private collection. The museum also displays a 2200-year-old bronze head of Dionysus, also on long-term [...]

Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Source: Ancient Times
Mary Magdalene

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Was Mary Magdalene wife of Jesus? Her being a repentant whore was not part of the Biblical text. Pictured here is Chris Gollon's painting The Pre-penitent Magdalene. Photo: Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library / Courtesy of IAP Fine Art.

When novelists and screenwriters try to insert something salacious into the life of Jesus, they focus on one woman: Mary from Magdala. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? [...]

Sat, Oct 24, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The Jamestown Colony in Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in North America founded in 1607 CE. It was the third attempt of the Virginia Company of London to establish a permanent trade center in the Americas following the failures of the Roanoke Colony (1587-1590 CE) and the Popham Colony of 1607-1608 CE. The primary objective of the Jamestown Colony was profit for the shareholders... [...]
Fri, Oct 23, 2020
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
merneptah-stele

Dated to c. 1219 B.C.E., the Merneptah Stele is the earliest extrabiblical record of a people group called Israel. Set up by Pharaoh Merneptah to commemorate his military victories, the stele proclaims, “Ashkelon is carried off, and Gezer is captured. Yeno'am is made into nonexistence; Israel is wasted, its seed is not.” Ashkelon, Gezer and Yeno'am are followed by an Egyptian hieroglyph that designates a town. Israel is followed by a hieroglyph that means [...]

Fri, Oct 23, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The unicorn, a mythical creature popularized in European folklore, has captivated the human imagination for over two 2,000 years. For most of that time, well into the Middle Ages, people also believed them to be real. The roots of the unicorn myth date back at least as far as 400 BCE, when the Greek historian Ctesias first documented a unicorn-like animal in his writings on the region of India... [...]
Fri, Oct 23, 2020
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

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