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Ancient History Blog

  • Cyrenaica, part 4: Cyrene

    Cyrene was one of the great cities of the classical Greek world, comparable to Athens, Miletus, Syracuse, and Corinth. It was founded by people from... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 3: Slonta

    The day before yesterday, Edwin wrote about the Psylloi, and mentioned, at the end of his article, that several ancient authors attribute to the Libyan... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 2: a Laconian cup

    Sometimes, we are very fortunate as far as our sources for the ancient world are concerned, such as when you can link archaeological evidence to... Read more
  • 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

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