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Tympanon
Definitionby Nathalie Choubineh

Tympanon

The tympanon (tympanum in Latin) was the most popular frame-drum in ancient Greek music, producing a loud rumbling sound not far from the sound of the orchestral timpani drums today. This percussion instrument was played mainly by women on...
Women Checking Silk, Song China.
Imageby Unknown Artist

Women Checking Silk, Song China.

Song Dynasty women inspecting a bolt of silk. 12th century CE. Painted on silk. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA)
Han Women, Dahuting Tomb.
Imageby Unknown Artist

Han Women, Dahuting Tomb.

A detail of the wall paintings in the Han era Dahuting tomb showing two women. 25-220 CE. Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.
The Rape of the Sabine Women
Imageby Nicolas Poussin

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women, painting by Nicolas Poussin, 1637-1638 CE. Louvre, Paris Photo credit: Francisco Anzola
Statuette of a triad of women from Egypt
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Statuette of a triad of women from Egypt

This limestone statuette depicts 3 standing women, holding hands and standing against a black slab on a plinth. From Egypt, precise provenance of excavation is unknown. Second Intermediate Period, 1650-1550 BCE. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian...
Athenian Women Attack a Messenger
Imageby Ancient History Magazine/ Karwansaray Publishers

Athenian Women Attack a Messenger

Athenian women attacking the messenger who brings news that their husbands' died in battle. Illustration by Marek Szyszko.
Bhutanese Women Weaving
Imageby Kim Martins

Bhutanese Women Weaving

Traditional Bhutanese weaving by women in Paro, Bhutan.
Egyptian Stela Showing Women Sitting Before Offerings
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Egyptian Stela Showing Women Sitting Before Offerings

This fragment of a stela shows two women before tablets of offerings. From Abydos, Late Middle Kingdom, circa 1750 BCE. (National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Daily Life in Colonial America
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Daily Life in Colonial America

Life in Colonial America was difficult and often short but the colonists made the best of their situation in the hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families. The early English colonists who established Jamestown, Plymouth...
The Five Gifts of Hathor: Gratitude in Ancient Egypt
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Five Gifts of Hathor: Gratitude in Ancient Egypt

The central cultural value of ancient Egypt was ma'at – harmony and balance – which maintained the order of the universe and the lives of the people. Keeping balance in one's life encouraged the same in one's family and...