Ancient History


At the top of the eastern ridge of the City of David, Nehemiah and the returned exiles built a new city wall. Although they simply repaired the pre-existing walls elsewhere in the city, the wall just above the steep Kidron Valley was too damaged and too difficult to mend. So they relocated the eastern wall higher up the slope and, according to author Eilat Mazar, built it directly on top of a ruined wall [...]

Tue, Feb 05, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The Large Stone Structure is identified as King David's Palace by its excavator, Eilat Mazar, as well as by author Nadav Na'aman. Photo: Eilat Mazar.

In the field of Biblical archaeology, Biblical texts and archaeological finds must be examined critically and independently, but ultimately, they must be interpreted together. Such an approach can be applied to King David's Palace and the Millo, as explored in “The Interchange Between Bible and Archaeology: The Case [...]
Mon, Feb 04, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Execution of Elamite king Teumman and his son Tammaritu, Battle at the River Ulai. Detail from BM 1851,0902.8c. Photo: Cathleen Chopra-McGowan

I Am Ashurbanipal, featured at the British Museum in London through February 24, 2019, is a magnificent exhibition. The display's namesake would be proud.

In 668 B.C.E., Ashurbanipal inherited the vast Assyrian empire, which extended from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to western Iran. With his capital at Nineveh, [...]

Wed, Jan 30, 2019
Source: Ancient Cultures

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, sat and wept, as we thought of Zion.”
—Psalm 137:1 [JPS]

The Babylonian Exile that resulted from King Nebuchadnezzar's sixth-century B.C.E. capture of Jerusalem has traditionally been portrayed with the Judahites lamenting their circumstances. But the textual remains left by the Babylonians and even some Judahites may reveal an entirely different story.

Cuneiform tablets from “Judahtown” (Babylonian āl-Yāḫūdu) offer insight into what life was like for ordinary Judahites during [...]

Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Source: Ancient Cultures

“For abdominal cramp or bruises,” states Marcus Varro, and I quote his very words, “your hearth should be your medicine chest. Drink lye made from its ashes, and you will be cured. One can see how gladiators after a combat are helped by drinking this.”
Pliny, Natural History XXXVI.203

Detail of a third–fourth-century C.E. mosaic depicting gladiatorial combat, now on display in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Photo: Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia [...]

Mon, Jan 21, 2019
Source: Ancient Cultures

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