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Hieroglyph Representing the Falcon Horus
3D Imageby Geoffrey Marchal

Hieroglyph Representing the Falcon Horus

Egyptian hieroglyph representing the falcon sky-god Horus. Deir el-Bahari. temple of Queen Hatshepsut, 18th dynasty, circa 1480 BCE. Made of limestone. This is a fragment of a doorpost reworked in the shape of a stele by a modern sculptor...
Templo Mayor
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Templo Mayor

The Templo Mayor or Great Temple (called Hueteocalli by the Aztecs) dominated the central sacred precinct of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. Topped by twin temples dedicated to the war god Huitzilopochtli and the rain god Tlaloc it was a...
Antiochia ad Cragum
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Antiochia ad Cragum

Antiochia ad Cragum (“Antioch on the Cliffs” or “Antioch at Cragus”) was a Hellenistic Roman city located in Cilicia Trachea (“Rough Cilicia”, also known as Cilicia Aspera and Cilicia Secunda) on the southern...
Crucifixion
Definitionby Rebecca Denova

Crucifixion

Crucifixion as a punishment was practiced by several ancient cultures, but most notably adopted by the Roman Republic and later Roman Empire. Crucifixion was a method of hanging or suspending someone on the combination of vertical and horizontal...
The Egyptian Amulet: Pious Symbols of Spiritual Life
Articleby P. DeMola

The Egyptian Amulet: Pious Symbols of Spiritual Life

Material Objects & Cultures Material objects convey volumes about the people who possessed them. Cultures and societies in every generation are in part classified - either correctly or incorrectly - by the objects or symbols they...
The Tale of Sinuhe
Articleby Dylan Campbell

The Tale of Sinuhe

The Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt (2000 BCE – 1700 BCE) saw the start of more formal writing which included religious scripts, administrative notes, and more in-depth fictional writing. One of the most iconic pieces of writing to...
Cosmetics in the Ancient World
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Cosmetics in the Ancient World

The wearing of cosmetics and perfumes by both men and women goes back a very long way indeed as the ancients were just as keen as anyone to improve their appearance as quickly and as easily as possible using all manner of powders, creams...
The Aztec New Fire Ceremony
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Aztec New Fire Ceremony

The New Fire Ceremony, also known as the Binding of the Years Ceremony, was a ritual held every 52 years in the month of November on the completion of a full cycle of the Aztec solar year (xiuhmopilli). The purpose of it was none other than...
Plowing Egyptian Farmer
Imageby Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Plowing Egyptian Farmer

circa. 1200 BCE Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. "Sennedjem" plowing: (1st and 2nd column in front: "Behold"-(i+Crown), "plowing-by-Hand-(earth), in Osiris's House-Two Lands(of Egypt), col 2: "Sennedjem, ..."True of...
Red Granite Offering Table of King Senusret III
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Red Granite Offering Table of King Senusret III

Offerings were placed upon a reed mat, reproduced in stone as the offering tables of the Dynastic periods. On this royal example, the hieroglyph hetep "offering" is written on the surface. The sign comprises a bound reed mat with a domed...
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