Ancient History Blog

  • Cyrenaica, part 1: Herodotus' Psylloi

    Herodotus is often referred to as “the father of history”, but to simply refer to his grand work as a historical work would not do... Read more
  • Mosul and Hatra

    Yes, they are shocking, those images of the destruction of the museum of Mosul and the vandalism in Hatra. Still, I would suggest that you... Read more
  • Time, part 7: a world without time

    If God is perfect, he cannot change. After all, if he would, he would be imperfect either before or after that change. Now if God... Read more
  • Time, part 6: the sundial of Augustus

    In an earlier blog post in this series, I wrote about water clocks, which were used to track the passage of time, especially during the... Read more
  • Time, part 5: festivals and holidays

    We are used to having weeks of seven days each, of which five are designated as ‘work days’ (even if not everyone is employed full-time... Read more
  • Time, part 4: the date of Easter

    In the first article of this series, I wrote about the quest for a good calendar, and I mentioned the Babylonian version: a cycle of... Read more
  • Time, part 3: lists, lists, lists

    Dating events and objects is one of the most basic things a historian can do, but that does not mean it is simple. Radiocarbon dating... Read more
  • Time, part 2: water clocks

    When and where did people first start to divide the day into hours? The earliest evidence points toward Egypt at the end of the third... Read more
  • Time, part 1: measuring time

    Let’s face it: life is just one day after another. “The sun ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he... Read more
  • Mandaeans on Pluto

    The bowl on this photo, which you can see in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, is an ‘incantation bowl’. It is decorated with an almost... Read more

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