Ancient History

Edinburgh Castle, towering atop Castle Rock, has served Scotland for centuries, at one time or another acting as a fortress, royal residence, seat of government, armoury, and prison. The scene of countless sieges, royal births and deaths, murderous intrigues, and military displays, Edinburgh castle has long been a symbol of Scottish history and national pride. Today, the castle is open to the public... [...]
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Salem Witch Trials were a series of legal proceedings in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-1693 resulting in the deaths of 20 innocent people accused of witchcraft and the vilification of over 200 others based, initially, on the reports of young girls who claimed to have been harmed by the spells of certain women they accused of witchcraft. The initial accusers were Betty Parris (age 9) and her cousin... [...]
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Saint Thomas Aquinas (l. 1225-1274, also known as the "Ox of Sicily" and the "Angelic Doctor") was a Dominican friar, mystic, theologian, and philosopher, all at once. Although he lived a relatively short life, dying at age 49, Thomas occupied the 13th century with a colossal presence. Physically, Thomas was known to be a very large man. Mentally, his mind was shown to be grand and expansive through... [...]
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
Lost Golden City Excavation

The recent excavations near Luxor revealed a well-planned urban settlement with a residential and administrative quarter (above) surrounded by a sinusoidal or zigzag enclosure wall. Photo credit: Zahi Hawass.

New excavations near Luxor have revealed an extremely well-preserved urban settlement from  Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. It was a time when Egypt’s powerful pharaohs ruled over an expansive empire that stretched to the land of Canaan and beyond. Known in antiquity as Aten, the [...]

Mon, Apr 12, 2021
Source: Ancient Cultures

This morning while I was researching a Fayum portrait of a priest of Serapis in the collections of the British Museum, I came across this encaustic portrait of what appears to be just a common Romano-Egyptian.  Although his face is painted with skill, he wears no adornments or displays even a hint of status from his clothing.  Because of the quality of the portrait, he must have been somewhat successful in whatever occupation he practiced, [...]

Mon, Apr 12, 2021
Source: Ancient Times

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