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Minoan Frescoes
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Minoan Frescoes

Frescoes are the source of some of the most striking imagery handed down to us from the Minoan civilization of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BCE). Further, without written records, they are often the only source, along with decorated pottery...
Mitanni
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Mitanni

The Kingdom of Mitanni, known to the people of the land, and the Assyrians, as Hanigalbat and to the Egyptians as Naharin and Metani, once stretched from present-day northern Iraq, down through Syria and into Turkey and was among the greatest...
Amarna Letters
Definitionby Priscila Scoville

Amarna Letters

The Amarna Letters are a body of 14th-century BCE correspondence exchanged between the rulers of the Ancient Near East and Egypt. They are perhaps the earliest examples of international diplomacy while their most common subjects are negotiations...
Fibula and key.
Imageby Filip Maes

Fibula and key.

Roman aucissa derivative brooch and a simple key with a single tooth. Possibly 1st century CE. Provenance: unknown. (Private collection).
Bronze Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros
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Bronze Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros

This bronze ritual vessel dates to 1100 – 1050 BCE (Shang Dynasty period). Unearthed in Liangshan, Shandong, the vessel, likely used to hold wine or food, is notable for its differences from other bronze ritual vessels of its time. Few...
Bronze Zhou Cooking Vessel
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Bronze Zhou Cooking Vessel

A Western Zhou ceremonial bronze of cooking-vessel form inscribed to record that the King of Zhou gave a fiefdom to Shi You, ordering that he inherit the title as well as the land and people living there. Bronze Gui of Shi You (food container...
Interview: Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr
Interviewby Jan van der Crabben

Interview: Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr

In this interview, Ancient History Encyclopedia is speaking with Wendy Orr, the rather prolific author of numerous books who has recently published the book Swallow's Dance. It is a book of historical fiction set in the Bronze Age Aegean...
Eric Cline | 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Videoby The Oriental Institute

Eric Cline | 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed February 25, 2015 Dr. Eric H. Cline Professor of Classics and Anthropology Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Director of the Capitol Archaeological...
Bronze head of Hypnos
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Bronze head of Hypnos

Bronze head of Hypnos (god of sleep), 1st - 2nd century CE. Copy of an Hellenistic original, found at Civitella d'Arno (near Perugia, Italy). Now in the British Museum, London. Hypnos was the son of the goddess Nyx (the deity of the Night...
Colossal Bronze Hand of Constantine I
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Colossal Bronze Hand of Constantine I

A hand from the colossal bronze statue of Roman emperor Constantine I, 4th century CE. The hand is over 1.5 m in length. (Capitoline Museums, Rome).
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