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The Brazen Bull: Torture and Execution Device

The brazen bull, bronze bull, or Sicilian bull, was a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece. According to Diodorus Siculus, recounting the story in Bibliotheca Historica, Perillos of Athens invented and proposed it to Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, as a new means of executing criminals. The bull was made entirely of bronze, hollow, with a door on one side. It was in the form and [...]

By | 2017-12-12T10:16:43+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: |0 Comments

Hadrian’s Wall: Ancient Defensive Fortification

Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. At 73 miles (80 Roman miles) long, it crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. The most famous of all the frontiers of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:57:03+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times, Constructions|Tags: , |0 Comments

Terracotta Warriors: The Army of First Emperor of China

Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi'an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site. They found not one, but thousands of clay Terracotta Warriors, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:01:19+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times, Discoveries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Library of Alexandria: The Most Significant Librarie

Once the largest library in the ancient world, and containing works by the greatest thinkers and writers of antiquity, including Homer, Plato, Socrates and much more, the Library of Alexandria, northern Egypt, is popularly believed to have been destroyed in a huge fire around 2000 years ago and its voluminous works lost. Since its destruction, this wonder of the ancient world has haunted the imagination of poets, historians, travelers [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:40:06+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Sphinx: A Mythical Creature

Buried for most of its life in the desert sand, an air of mystery has always surrounded the Great Sphinx, causing speculation about its age and purpose, a method of construction, concealed chambers, role in prophecy, and relationship to the equally mysterious pyramids. Much of this theorizing is to the despair of Egyptologists and archaeologists, who, reasonably it seems to me; only give credence to theories that are backed [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:40:56+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |0 Comments

Aristotle: Ancient Greek Philosopher and Scientist

Aristotle of Stagira was a Greek philosopher who pioneered systematic, scientific examination in literally every area of human knowledge and was known, in his time, as "the man who knew everything", and, later, as "The Philosopher". In the European Middle Ages, he is referred to as "The Master" in Dante's Inferno. All of these epithets are apt in that Aristotle wrote on, and was considered a master in, disciplines [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:50:40+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Battle of Asculum: Ancient Times

Pyrrhus, King of Epirus in Northwest Greece and related by blood to the line of Alexander the Great, was himself a man of great ambition. Having lost his crown while still a child, he made a name for himself in service to the Diadochi, the successors of the great Alexander, and gained a great deal of military experience before Ptolemy helped restore him to his throne. Pyrrhus was a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:58:23+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of The Sabis: Ancient Times

By the mid 1st century BC the Roman military had grown accustom to the new style of fighting brought about through the Marian Reforms. Gone were the days of velites and principles financing their own equipment before marching off to war. Now the state supplied their new Legionnaires with their own equipment and men of all social backgrounds dressed in the now universal infantry panoply. Cavalry and skirmishers were [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:23:12+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Battle of Chrysopolis: Constantine Defeats Licinius

The Battle of Chrysopolis was fought on 18 September 324 at Chrysopolis (modern Üsküdar), near Chalcedon (modern Kadıköy), between the two Roman emperors Constantine I and Licinius. The battle was the final encounter between the two emperors. After his navy's defeat in the Battle of the Hellespont, Licinius withdrew his forces from the city of Byzantium across the Bosporus to Chalcedon in Bithynia. Constantine followed and won the subsequent [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:26:47+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ancient Athens and the Golden Age: Ancient Times

The city of Athens, Greece, with its famous Acropolis, has come to symbolize the whole of the country in the popular imagination, and not without cause. Ancient Athens began as a small, Mycenaen community and grew to become a city that, at its height, epitomized the best of Greek virtues and enjoyed such prestige that the Spartans refused to sack the city or enslave the citizens, even after Athens' defeat [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:52:04+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |1 Comment

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