Ancient History

One of the subjects touched on in the Great Courses lecture series, "The Black Death," was the rise of what was termed Memento Mori in art during and after the great mortality with paintings filled with skeletons. But the somber reminder to remember we are mortal has been practiced throughout classical antiquity. The Greek pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus born around 460 BCE, is said to have practiced the frequenting of tombs to remind himself [...]
Sat, Jul 11, 2020
Source: Ancient Times
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. Book 4.



Image: Mosaic of Tyche, of Beit She'an, ancient Scythopolis, in the northern [...]
Fri, Jul 10, 2020
Source: Ancient Times

Bronze repoussé relief from a hydria (water jar), fragments of which were found with the relief 325-300 BCE from Chalke, near Rhodes. Dionysos holds a cornucopia as an offering to Ariadne of prosperity and abundance while Ariadne signals her acceptance by holding back her veil. Photographed at the British Museum.Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, [...]
Fri, Jul 10, 2020
Source: Ancient Times

Leisure activities in the Elizabethan era (1558-1603 CE) became more varied than in any previous period of English history and more professional with what might be called the first genuine entertainment industry providing the public with regular events such as theatre performances and animal baiting. Outdoor activities included tennis, bowls, archery, fencing, and team sports like football and hockey... [...]
Fri, Jul 10, 2020
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Sun Tzu (l. c. 500 BCE) was a Chinese military strategist and general best known as the author of the work The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy (also known as The Thirteen Chapters). He was associated (formally or as an inspiration) with The School of the Military, one of the philosophical systems of the Hundred Schools of Thought of the Spring and Autumn Period (c. 772-476 BCE... [...]
Thu, Jul 09, 2020
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

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