Ancient History

Salome Premier

Salome, Sept. 15, 2020, Hungarian State Opera, featuring a section of Herod's palace

Because of the pandemic The Hungarian State Opera could only have one performance of Salome at the Erkel Theatre, so they decided to make it extra-special. The 1893 opera by Richard Strauss, based on the Oscar Wilde play also titled Salome, features not only some of Hungary's finest performers, it also stars an authentic section [...]

Thu, Sep 17, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

“He came to Egypt, to the mouth of the Nile called the Canopic mouth, and to the Salters'. Now there was (and still is) on the coast a temple of Heracles … They laid this accusation before the priests and the warden of the Nile mouth, whose name was Thonis.”
—Herodotus, Histories 2.113

Herodotus's account of the detainment of Helen and Paris in Egypt tells more than a simple story; he subtly contextualizes the scene within (and [...]

Wed, Sep 16, 2020
Source: Ancient Cultures

This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2015.—Ed.

Archaeological looting is a global issue that threatens the preservation of our shared cultural heritage. In the Middle East, archaeological looting and the deliberate destruction of archaeological sites and monuments amid ongoing warfare have captured international attention. Antiquities looted from sites in Syria and northern Iraq and subsequently trafficked are one of the main [...]

Wed, Sep 16, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
Samson and Delilah Comic

Walking through the doors of your local cinema can sometimes feel like a religious experience. For months, years, or even decades you might have been waiting to discover what happens next in your favorite saga, and the anticipation has finally reached its climax. The day, the very hour, is finally here as you patiently stand in line discussing the glorious past, the present buildup, and the possible future of the franchise with [...]

Tue, Sep 15, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The presepio (nativity scene) is a centuries-old craft and one of Naples's best-known traditions. This Neapolitan presepio was displayed in Rome. Photo: Howard Hudson / Wikimedia Commons.

One of the most familiar images of the Christmas season is the nativity scene—the well-known depiction of Jesus' birth—displayed in an array of public and private settings, including churches, parks, store windows and on fireplace mantles. The scene, first assembled by St. Francis of [...]

Mon, Sep 14, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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