East Asia in the year 1 CE
This map shows the boundaries of all major civilizations in East Asia at the beginning of the first millennium, with italics indicating nomadic bands and other tribal societies.
East Asia circa 300 CE
This map shows all major civilizations of East Asia at the beginning of the 3rd century CE. Italicized texts indicate nomadic bands or tribal societies.
Earliest Abbasid Era Manuscript
This 13th Century CE Arabic manuscript is the earliest manuscript from the Abbasid era (750-1258 CE). The Abbasids initiated a cascade of translation activities to preserve and further aggrandize western and eastern knowledge. Part of the...
Sejong the Great
King Sejong the Great (15 May 1397 - 8 April 1450 CE) ruled Korea from 1418 to 1450 CE as the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty (also spelled Choson). One of only two Korean kings called 'the Great' today, Sejong had a major impact on Korea...
Armour in Ancient Chinese Warfare
With zinging arrows, powerful crossbow bolts, stabbing swords, and swinging axes all a staple feature of the Chinese battlefield, it is not surprising that soldiers sought to protect themselves as best they could with armour and shields...
Mosaic Portrait of Berenice II
Mosaic with square emblem depicting Berenice II as personification of naval prowess (Thmouis, ca. 245-200 BCE; Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, inv. 21.739). Photograph by A. Pelle © Centre d’Études Alexandrines/CNRS, courtesy of Jean-Yves...
On this celestial globe, made by the Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator (Louvain, 1551), the Coma Berenices (here called “Cincinnus”) is shown between the constellations Boötes (“Bubulcus”) and Virgo; the globe projects the constellations...
Wine Vase with Berenice II
Berenice II (c. 266 - 221 BCE) is represented as Agathe Tyche, the goddess of Good Fortune, on a type of faience wine vase called oinochoe (Alexandria, ca. 245-200 BCE, Getty inv. 96.AI.58).
Coin Portrait of Berenice II
Silver coin (15-drachm) with the portrait of Berenice II on the obverse; the reverse illustrates an overflowing cornucopia between two wreathed caps with the legend naming Queen Berenice (Alexandria, ca. 246-204 BCE; CNG sale no. 83, Triton...
Setna I: A Detailed Summary & Commentary
Setna I (also Setna Khaemaus and the Mummies) is a work of ancient Egyptian literature from the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BCE) written in demotic script. It is part of a cycle of stories known as the Tales of Prince Setna featuring a character...