Ancient History

Marco Polo (1254-1324 CE) was a Venetian merchant and explorer who travelled to China and served the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan (l. 1214-1294 CE) between c. 1275 and 1292 CE. Polo's adventures are recounted in his own writings, The Travels, where he describes the peoples, places, and customs of the East, including the fabulous court of the Khan. The work caused a sensation and was one of the... [...]
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Abd al-Rahman III was an Umayyad prince who reigned as Emir of Cordoba, and later Caliph of Cordoba, from 912 to 961 CE. His reign is remembered as a golden age of Muslim Spain and Umayyad rule, epitomized by his declaration of the second Umayyad Caliphate in 929 CE. He re-established one unified Muslim state in Spain and presided over the expansion of his capital at Cordoba as well as the founding... [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
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Abraham and Lot in the Bible. Titled Abraham and Lot Separating, this illustration by Phillip Medhurst shows the moment when Lot chooses to settle in the well-watered Jordan plain. After this, he and Abraham part ways. Photo: Phillip Medhurst/CC by-SA 3.0.

In the Bible, Abraham's nephew Lot accompanies him from Haran to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12). However, Abraham and Lot eventually separate because the land cannot support both of their possessions, [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The Moabite Stone, otherwise known as the Mesha Stele, contains an ancient inscription by Mesha, King of Moab during the late 9th century BCE, elements of which match events in the Hebrew Bible. The inscription describes two aspects of how Mesha lead Moab into victory against ancient Israel. First, he claims to have defeated ancient Israel on many fronts, capturing or reclaiming many cities and... [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
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According to the Bible, “the men of Sodom were wicked” (Genesis 13, verse 13). For its many sins, God destroyed Sodom and all the inhabitants of the “cities of the plain” in an intense conflagration, but not before allowing Abraham's nephew Lot and his family to flee to safety.

The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the [...]

Sun, Feb 10, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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