Ancient History

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In this blog post, Brown University Religious Studies professor Nicola Denzey Lewis answers frequently asked questions about the apostle Peter. Denzey Lewis appears in the CNN series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, which aims to investigate artifacts that shed light on the world in which Jesus lived.—Ed.

What traditions connect the apostle Peter to Rome?

The Repentant St. Peter by El Greco. Photo: The Phillips Collection.

Jesus’ chief [...]

Sat, Mar 06, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Saint Valentines Day, or simply Valentines Day, is celebrated on the 14th of February, almost internationally but primarily in western societies. It is a commemorative Christian feast for some but a secular occasion for others who see it as a day to celebrate affection in all of its forms but primarily romantic love. The day has been named after one or more martyrs of the early Christian era named... [...]
Fri, Mar 05, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
—Numbers 6:24–26

When unrolled, the two ancient amulets from Ketef Hinnom revealed miniature writing that had been painstakingly inscribed on them. Researchers discovered that the inscriptions included blessings similar to Numbers 6:24–26. Photo: © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Nahum Slapak.

In 1979 during [...]

Fri, Mar 05, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Despite allegedly founding Rome and being hailed a hero, Romulus legacy is complex and his biography is even disturbing at times. He was allegedly guilty of committing many terrible deeds that still make readers recoil, but according to legend, his transgressions often led to positive outcomes at least from the Romans point of view. Thanks to his efforts' results, the Romans largely celebrated... [...]
Fri, Mar 05, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Penthesilea Painter, active between 470 and 450 BCE in Athens, Greece, was named from a red-figure vase which depicts the slaying of Penthesilea by Achilles. Using the painting style of that vase, classicist John Beazley attributed 177 known vases to the painter.  His work has been found on bowls, skyphoi, kantharoi and bobbins (or possibly yoyos).

His work is characterised by large, space-filling figures whose posture is often bent so as to permit them to [...]

Thu, Mar 04, 2021
Source: Ancient Times

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