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A Weekend on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
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A Weekend on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye, Scotland, is a land of myth, legend, and swirling mists that easily transport a visitor through time. The history of the island goes...
Ferdinand Magellan
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Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan, or Fernão de Magalhães (c. 1480-1521), was a Portuguese mariner whose expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe in 1519-22...
Matariki
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Matariki

The Maori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have long observed the heliacal (pre-dawn) rising of the star cluster commonly known throughout the world...
Agoge, the Spartan Education Program
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Agoge, the Spartan Education Program

The agoge was the ancient Spartan education program, which trained male youths in the art of war. The word means "raising" in the sense of raising livestock...
Legio V Alaudae
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Legio V Alaudae

Legio V Alaudae, referenced in early accounts only as the "Fifth", was one of the many legions of the Roman army that helped Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE...
Spartan Women
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Spartan Women

Spartan women had more rights and enjoyed greater autonomy than women in any other Greek city-state of the Classical Period (5th-4th centuries BCE...
Imagining the Amazons: Women Warriors in Greco-Roman Art
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Imagining the Amazons: Women Warriors in Greco-Roman Art

Amazon warriors frequently appeared in the art, literature, and mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The idea of a female warrior society existing...
Portuguese Goa
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Portuguese Goa

Goa, located on the west coast of India, was a Portuguese colony from 1510 to 1961. The small coastal area was conquered by Afonso de Albuquerque (c...
Sappho of Lesbos
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Sappho of Lesbos

Sappho of Lesbos (l. c. 620-570 BCE) was a lyric poet whose work was so popular in ancient Greece that she was honored in statuary, coinage, and pottery...
Interview: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
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Interview: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

In this interview, World History Encyclopedia is joined with Elodie Harper, the author of the novel The Wolf Den. Kelly (WHE): Do you want to start...
Ten Famous & Not-so-Famous Same-Sex Couples in Ancient History
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Ten Famous & Not-so-Famous Same-Sex Couples in Ancient History

History is recorded by individual human beings with their own beliefs and interests guiding what they choose to record, and, as such, many events and...
Holy Roman Empire
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Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire officially lasted from 962 to 1806. It was one of Europe’s largest medieval and early modern states, but its power base was unstable...