Ancient History Blog

  • A known unknown

    Portrait, believed to represent Plutarch (Delphi) Let me offer you a little puzzle. It’s about the famous land bill of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC... Read more
  • Philetaerus

    Philetaerus Pergamon was a small town on a steep hill, dominating a fertile plain. It was the perfect place to keep a treasure: the hill... Read more
  • Gratitude

    The Incense Route (Shen Fei) The clock of the medieval church of Zutphen has just struck ten and I am sit here on the patio of... Read more
  • Killing a Queen

      This well-preserved portrait, usually on display in Berlin’s Altes Museum, has become quite famous since it was acquired in 1976. It’s a young woman... Read more
  • Killing a King

    The road from Cirrha to Delphi, site of the attack The story is told by Livy: in 172 BC, King Eumenes of Pergamon came to... Read more
  • Archaeology in Israel (2)

    In the first part of this article, I explained how information from ancient sources is not always confirmed by archaeology. In asymmetric situations like these... Read more
  • Archaeology in Israel (1)

    Jerusalem, “Large Stone Structure” The study of the ancient world is so fascinating because all those cultures, nations, tribes, states, and civilizations share one characteristic... Read more
  • Before the Pyramids

    The name of one the first pharaohs: Djer Some time ago, I was in Beirut and visited the archaeological museum of the American University: a... Read more
  • Heroes 10: Giambattista Vico (sort of)

    Vico Somewhere in his autobiography, Casanova mentions a meeting with a Hungarian officer who didn’t speak French. In the eighteenth century, this was most unusual... Read more
  • How were ancient Greek pots made?

    Since 2006, I’ve taught a lot of courses on a variety of subjects at different institutions geared at adult education. I usually try to organize... Read more

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