Ancient History
Prehistory to 500 AD—the beginning of recorded human history up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire

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It Ended Badly In Divorce: 10 Historic Divorce Facts

It Ended Badly; William S. Burroughs; Divorce

by Jennifer Wright Three Unusual Reasons For Divorce In 1613 the Countess of Essex demanded a divorce from her husband because, as her father quipped, “the Ear has no ink in his pen.” Essex and the court decided that he was impotent

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Why Homer Matters: Meeting Homer

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson Chapter 1 One evening ten years ago I started to read Homer in English. With an old friend, George Fairhurst, I had just sailed from Falmouth to Baltimore in southwest Ireland, 250 miles across the Celtic Sea.

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Hanukkah and Christmas: A History of Consequences

The Bibles Cutting Room Floor

by Joel M. Hoffman History is in large part the story of consequences—both intended and unintended—as is the case for two of this season’s most celebrated holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. It is well known that when Alexander the Great conquered

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Excerpt: A History of Ancient Egypt

By John Romer Beside the Pale Lake Living in the Faiyum,5000–4000 BC It was wetter then than it is now. Though the monsoons were slowly failing, the plains were grass-green and scented with flowering shrubs whilst the valleys held exotic

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Legions of Rome: Where It All Began

legions of Rome

By Stephen Dando-Collins Down through the centuries, millions of men served with the army of imperial Rome; half a million during the reign of Augustus alone. The history of the legions is the collective story of those individuals, not just

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