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The Great Sphinx of Giza
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

The Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most instantly recognizable statue associated with ancient Egypt and among the most famous in the world. The sculpture, of a recumbent lion with the head of an Egyptian king, was carved out of limestone on...
Roman Emperor
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Roman Emperor

Roman emperors ruled over the Imperial Roman Empire starting with Augustus from 27 BCE and continuing in the Western Roman Empire until the late 5th century CE and in the Eastern Roman Empire up to the mid-15th century CE. The emperors would...
Alexander Sarcophagus (detail)
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Alexander Sarcophagus (detail)

The Alexander Sarcophagus is a late 4th century BCE stone sarcophagus adorned with bas-relief carvings of Alexander the Great. The Alexander Sarcophagus is one of four massive carved sarcophagi, forming two pairs, that were discovered during...
Alexander the Great | Top 5 Facts
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Alexander the Great | Top 5 Facts

City founder, natural leader and proud red head, here’s five shocking facts on the battle born Alexander the Great. For more historical facts and features, visit http://www.historyanswers.co.uk/ Or purchase the latest issue of the...
Demetrius I of Macedon
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Demetrius I of Macedon

Demetrius I of Macedon, also known as Demetrios Poliorcetes, the 'Besieger' (c. 336 - c. 282 BCE), was a Macedonian king who, along with his father Antigonus I, fought for control of Alexander the Great's empire in the 'Successor Wars'. After...
Portraits of Alexander and a Youth (Hephaestion?)
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Portraits of Alexander and a Youth (Hephaestion?)

Marble portraits of Alexander the Great and a youth, perhaps Hephaestion, Alexander's closest companion, c. 325-320 BCE. One of the earliest surviving portraits of Alexander. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on loan from the J. Paul...
Theodoric the Great
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Theodoric the Great

Theodoric the Great (l. c. 454-526 CE, r. 493-526 CE, also known as Flavius Theodoricus) was the king of the Ostrogoths who, at the encouragement and direction of the Roman emperor Zeno, invaded Italy, deposed King Odoacer, and ruled over...
The Edicts of Ashoka the Great
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The Edicts of Ashoka the Great

The Edicts of Ashoka are 33 inscriptions engraved on pillars, large stones, and cave walls by Ashoka the Great (r. 268-232 BCE), the third king of the Mauryan Empire (322-185 BCE) of India. One set, the so-called Major Rock Edicts, are consistent...
William I of Scotland
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William I of Scotland

William I of Scotland, also known as 'William the Lion' after his heraldic emblem, reigned from 1165 to 1214 CE. Succeeding his elder brother Malcolm IV of Scotland (r. 1153-1165 CE), William was faced with a shrinking kingdom, but he harboured...
The Mystery of the Great Sphinx
Articleby Brian Haughton

The Mystery of the Great Sphinx

Buried for most of its life in the desert sand, an air of mystery has always surrounded the Great Sphinx, causing speculation about its age and purpose, method of construction, concealed chambers, role in prophecy, and relationship to the...
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