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Queen Hatshepsut: Daughter of Amun, Pharaoh of Egypt
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Queen Hatshepsut: Daughter of Amun, Pharaoh of Egypt

Hatshepsut, whose name means "Foremost of Noble Women" or "First Among Noble Women" (royal name, Ma'at-ka-re, translated as "spirit of harmony and truth") was the fifth ruler of the 18th Dynasty ( ruled1479-1458...
The Intervention of the Sabine Women
Imageby Jacques-Louis David

The Intervention of the Sabine Women

Painting by Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), oil on canvas, 1799. On display at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France. The Abduction (or Rape) of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome, traditionally said to have taken...
Empress Theodora
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Empress Theodora

Theodora reigned as empress of the Byzantine Empire alongside her husband, Emperor Justinian I, from 527 CE until her death in 548 CE. Rising from a humble background and overcoming the prejudices of her somewhat disreputable early career...
The Women of Athena's Cult
Articleby writer873

The Women of Athena's Cult

Much like the Vestal Virgins of Rome, the priestesses of Greek religion enjoyed a great many perks that other Greek women did not. In exchange for the commitment to their religious and civic responsibilities, they were often paid, given property...
Ten Legendary Female Viking Warriors
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Ten Legendary Female Viking Warriors

In 2017 CE, Uppsala University archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson published her study of a Viking grave discovered in Birka, Sweden in the 1800's CE which she and her team had revisited. She claimed that what was formerly understood...
Prostitution in Ancient Athens
Articleby writer873

Prostitution in Ancient Athens

As a coastal city and hub of the Ancient Greek world, Athens was frequently visited by sailors and merchants who docked their ships for business and respite. The presence of these visitors to the city sparked a need for entertainment, and...
Hercules
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Hercules

The pan-Hellenic mythological hero Hercules (or Herakles) was famed for his great strength and endurance and celebrated as an extraordinary mortal who, through success in seemingly impossible labours, won his immortal place amongst the Olympian...
The Life of Hercules in Myth & Legend
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Life of Hercules in Myth & Legend

Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek hero Herakles, the most popular figure from ancient Greek mythology. Hercules was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the mortal woman Alcmene. Zeus, who was always chasing one woman or another...
Empress Irene
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Empress Irene

Empress Irene was the wife of Leo IV and, on her husband's death, she reigned as regent for her son Constantine VI from 780 to 790 CE. From 797 to 802 CE she ruled as emperor in her own right, the first woman to do so in Byzantine history...
Byzantine Bowl with Female Figure
Imageby British Museum

Byzantine Bowl with Female Figure

This bowl, dating to the 14th-15th century CE, features a stylized figure of a woman. It is glazed on the inside, and partially on the outside. Made in Cyprus. Discovered in Cyprus. Measures 6.4 cm in height and 16.3 cm in diameter. (British...