Monotheism in the Ancient World
Monotheism is simply defined as the belief in one god and is usually positioned as the polar opposite of polytheism, the belief in many gods. However, the word monotheism is a relatively modern one that was coined in the mid-17th century...
A Visual Glossary of Hindu Architecture
Adisthana - the decorative raised platform on which a temple is built. Alasa kanya - a decorative female figure. Amalaka - a large fluted stone disc placed on top of a Nagara tower taking its form from the amla or myrobalan...
Map of the First Fitna
Map of the conflict between Caliph Ali (r. 656-661 CE) and Muawiyah I (r. 661 – 680 CE) during the First Fitna (656 – 661 CE), a civil war within the Rashidun Caliphate. The area shaded in green represents the territories of the Caliphate...
Great Ziggurat of Ur
The ruins of the Great Ziggurat of Ur, taken in 2005 CE near Ali Air Base in Iraq. The ziggurat was built by the Sumerian King Ur-Nammu and his son Shulgi in approximately the 21st century BCE (short chronology) during the Third Dynasty...
Calligraphic Names of Rashidun Caliphs in Hagia Sophia
Four medals showing beautifully designed names of the first four Rashidun Caliphs Abu Bakr (r. 632 - 634 CE), Umar (634 - 644 CE), Uthman (644 - 656 CE) and Ali (656 - 661 CE). In the Dome of the New Mosque, in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul...
Ardashir I & Ahura Mazda
A drawing of a 3rd century CE Sasanian rock relief in Naqsh-e Rustam, Iran. The relief shows on the right Ardashir I (r. 224-241 CE) and on the left the supreme Persian and Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda. The god is giving the king his ring...
The Coronation of the Infant Shapur II
"The Coronation of the Infant Shapur II", Folio 538r from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp.Painting attributed to Muzaffar 'Ali (active late 1520s–70s CE; d. c. 1576 CE)
The rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire - Marian H Feldman
Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-assyrian-empire-marian-h-feldman Before the sun never set on the British Empire; before Genghis Khan swept...
Battle of Talas 751 - Abbasid - Tang War DOCUMENTARY
There are certain historical battles, which had very little influence immediately but changed things through the centuries. The battle of Talas between the Abbasid Caliphate and the Chinese Tang Empire in 751 is a good example of such a conflict...
The Secret Messages of Viking Runestones
Learn the history of Viking runes, the ancient Norse language of symbols that make up an alphabet called the futhark. — With their navigational skills and advanced longships, the Vikings sustained their seafaring for over 300...