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Ancient History

Torture and the Killing of Jesus

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Torture is not merely an issue of political left or right. It is not just an issue of military opinion versus civilian. It is an issue that grows from the nature of man, from the principled vision of a nation and from the highest of religious truth.

Living History: Rome's Pantheon

Darius Arya | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Darius Arya

The nearly 2,000-year-old monumental temple is in the middle of the busiest neighborhood in the Eternal City, the historic center, and no matter what you are doing, you're always going to walk past the Pantheon.

A History of Religion in 11 Objects

S. Brent Plate | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As profane and ordinary as the objects may be, they can also be extraordinary. Some things even become objects of transcendence.

6 of U.K.'s Most Remote Tourist Destinations

Holiday Lettings | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel
Holiday Lettings

Rugged and windswept, the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland are among the most isolated and mysterious places in the U.K.

Ancient Pompeii's Elite Ate WHAT?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The commoners of the ancient city of Pompeii may have eaten a varied diet, with the wealthier even dining on giraffe, new research suggests. Remains...

9 Things Not to Miss in The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The GypsyNesters | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Anyone making their way to Machu Picchu must first traverse The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas), and we were no exception. But this was no tedious trek, it was a fascinating adventure in its own right.

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

Historvius | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Historvius

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. Fear not.

Simulations Suggest Surprising Benefit Of Warfare

natureheader | Laura Spinney | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

War drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies, a study suggests. The institutions would have helped to ma...

Politics, Economics and Indian Imperialism

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Anuraag Girdhar

Though preceding him by over 1,800 years, Chanakya is often called the "Indian Machiavelli" for his political assertions. Maybe his statecraft was motivated by the very nascent beginnings of economics. Maybe war elephants aren't so different from financial derivatives after all.

The Bible and Babylon, 560 BC

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

These mid-August days, some 2,500 years ago, witnessed a violent turn-about in power -- regicide followed by a week of king-less days. Imagine for a moment the uncertainty, the chaos. Imagine the mother of the assassinated king.

Covert Chiseling Helps Confirm Theory About Ancient Winemaking

| Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By Helen Fields Winemaking is as French as baguettes and mimes. But how did the drink come to the region in the first place? A new study confirms...

Satellite Images Reveal Huge Animal-Shaped Structure

Posted 10.12.2012 | Science

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 10/12/2012 09:31 AM EDT on LiveScience A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discover...

Egyptian Tourism After The Embassy Riots

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 11.14.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

In our two hour meeting with President Morsi, he made it clear that he wished to do everything possible to ensure that tourists returning to Egypt felt safe and welcome.

The Changing Face of Father's Day

Barbara Biziou | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

No matter what the origin, Father's Day is a time to honor all the men who have given of themselves to raise healthy, conscious children. They may be biological fathers or not, men who have taken upon themselves to mentor and be role models.

Antony and Cleopatra: The Original "Brangelina"

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 06.23.2012 | Celebrity
Vicky Alvear Shecter

The original outrageous, illicit power couple was none other than the pair who refuse to die in our imaginations -- the fun-loving Roman General Mark Antony and the fascinating Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII.

The 15 Embarrassments of the Ancient World

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.16.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

World's first fraternity party. Photo: Getty Images/ ZoneCreative What do the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Mausoleu...

Jason Linkins

Daily Caller Has 'Exclusive' Report On Old News

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media

The Daily Caller has an "exclusive" report Tuesday that sounds an awful lot like an "exclusive" report from many, many years ago, but here goes: Presi...

Secrets Of An Ancient Harbor

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.17.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

What fascinates me the most about archeology is that in the process of answering older questions about the past, we're always finding new mysteries and possibilities to investigate.

Stonehenge Secrets: Laser Scan To Reveal All?

aolnews.com | Leo Speigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Modern technology may be the key to unlock hidden secrets about an ancient monument: Stonehenge. Researchers are using lasers to scan the nearly th...

Ancient Roman Pool Unearthed In Jerusalem (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) - While excavating the site for a planned new ritual bath for Jews in Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists uncovered a pool belonging to t...

Mammoth Calf, Ancient Art Work Displayed At Neanderthal Museum In Germany (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A stunning new German exhibition is shedding new light onto the prehistoric era. Displayed at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, the exhib...

Chinese Copper Mine In Afghanistan Threatens Mes Aynak, 2,600-Year-Old Buddhist Monastery

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan — It was another day on the rocky hillside, as archaeologists and laborers dug out statues of Buddha and excavated a spra...

2,500 Years Later, Political Lessons From Marathon

Asher Smith | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

If history teaches us anything it is that, though our knowledge base and our capacity for empathy has grown exponentially, human nature remains largely unchanged over even great lengths of time.

'Wild People' Were Species Of Early Human, Speculates Folklorist Michael Heaney

USA Today | Dan Vergano | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Siberia's Denisova cave held the pinky bone of an unknown early human species, a genetics team reported in March. The Naturejournal study, led by Joha...

Stonehenge Threatened List: Britain Landmark One Of 'Most Threatened' World Wonders

guardian.co.uk | Maev Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The traffic-choked roads still roaring past Stonehenge in Wiltshire have earned the world's most famous prehistoric monument a place on a list of the ...