Ancient History Blog

  • Dionysus in Leiden

    The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden re-opened last month after having been closed for renovation. It isn’t completely done yet (the Egyptian department, for... Read more
  • Art and Alexander the Great

    Alexander III of Macedon, or ‘Alexander the Great’ as he came to be known, was perhaps the greatest conqueror of the ancient world. By the... Read more
  • New themes

    Delphi, stadium Allow me to start the first blog post of the new year on a rather personal note: the last months of 2015 turned... Read more
  • Venus of Milo

    Venus of Milo (Louvre, Paris) She is among the most famous statues in the world, the Venus of Milo. Or perhaps we should say: the... Read more
  • Books, books, books

    Nearly every week the postman brings some books to the Karwansaray offices. Usually, they are sent to us by other publishers, in the hope that we’ll... Read more
  • A statue of M. Nonius Balbus

    This isn’t the first time I’m posting about a find from the beautiful National Archaeological Museum in Naples, and it certainly won’t be the last... Read more
  • A Sumerian contract

    In Mesopotamia, Shuruppak was thought to have been one of the oldest cities of the world, founded before the Flood. The archaeological finds there do... Read more
  • The stupid, it burns!

    While innocently browsing the internet, I ran across this news article on the Discovery Channel website that reported how archaeologists in Italy have found an... Read more
  • Reconstructing the past

    Yesterday, I went to the VU University in Amsterdam to attend a lecture by Alexandros Mazarakis Ainian, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of... Read more
  • A wall in Avaris and other news

    Excavators at Tel al-Daba‘a have discovered a wall. The wall is 500m long and made from sandstone. It dates to the Middle Kingdom (before 1650... Read more

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