Ancient History


Many Emergency Medical Service departments use the Star of Life - an image which is derived from ancient images of Asklepios. Snakes were believed to be sacred to the god, and he was often depicted as a bearded man with a walking staff that was entwined with serpents.

Life in the ancient world was risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to [...]
Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures
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Throughout the world, images of the cross adorn the walls and steeples of churches. For some Christians, the cross is part of their daily attire worn around their necks. Sometimes the cross even adorns the body of a Christian in permanent ink. In Egypt, among other countries, for example, Christians wear a tattoo of the cross on their wrists. And for some Christians, each year during the beginning of Lent, they [...]

Mon, Mar 26, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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IAA archaeologist Yana Tchekhanovetz believes this 700-year-old ring, which depicts a bald man and a bishop's crook, bears the image of St. Nicholas. Photo: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority.

While working in a garden in the Jezreel Valley community of Moshav Yogev in Israel, landscaper Dekel Ben-Shitrit uncovered an exceptional piece of jewelry in the dirt: an ancient ring engraved with the image of a figure. After posting a picture of the ring on [...]
Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures
A historical resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2018


Having recently delved into Adrian Goldsworthy's "Pax Romana" which I found eminently readable and stuffed with fascinating facts and insight into the Roman world, I was excited to see that Goldsworthy had tried his hand at historical fiction when "Vindolanda" showed up in my list of audiobooks available on Audible. Without hesitation I used one of my subscription credits to purchase it [...]
Tue, Mar 20, 2018
Source: Ancient Times
A historical resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2018


In the opening pages of this reference work, Peter Davidson tells us about his friend who defined an empire as "murder, incest, and the wearing of expensive jewelry!"

"There is the image here both of glorious conquest and of power held over far-flung lands, and indeed this captures something of what we have come to mean by the term 'empire,'" Davidson observes, "But how, then, does [...]
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Source: Ancient Times

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