Ancient Egyptian Architecture
Ancient Egyptian architecture is often associated closely with the pyramids of Giza but was actually quite diverse, taking a number of forms in the construction of administrative buildings, temples, tombs, palaces, and the private homes of...
The Hellenistic Prince
The 2nd century BCE bronze statue known as 'The Hellenistic Prince'. The statue perhaps represents Attalus II, king of Pergamon. The head may also be a portrait of an unknown wealthy Roman, eager to appear as a Hellenistic prince. The work...
Warring States Period
The Warring States period (481/403 BCE - 221 BCE) describes the three centuries when various rival Chinese states battled viciously for territorial advantage and dominance. Ultimately the Qin state was victorious and established the first...
Hellenistic Mosaic, Pergamon
Hellenistic mosaic floor panel depicting an Alexandrine parakeet from Pergamon (modern Turkey), 2nd century BCE (Pergamon Museum).
Love, Sex, and Marriage in Ancient Egypt
Although marriages in ancient Egypt were arranged for communal stability and personal advancement, there is evidence that romantic love was as important to the people as it is to those in today. Romantic love was a popular theme for poetry...
Thebes was the capital of Egypt during the period of the New Kingdom (c.1570-c.1069 BCE) and became an important center of worship of the god Amun (also known as Amon or Amen, a combination of the earlier gods Atum and Ra). Its sacred name...
This terracotta statuette depicts a woman. The woman is recumbent but she is not naked. She looks forward, as if she is talking to someone or looking at something. She put her right arm on her right thigh but she holds something with her...
A marble bust of Pyrrhus, King of Epirus (r. 306 - 302 BCE and 297 - 272 BCE). Pyrrhus is considered one of history's greatest military commanders. (National Archaeological Museum, Naples)
The Hellenistic Agora of Alinda, Caria
Alinda was an ancient city of Caria in Anatolia (now western Turkey). It was situated on a hilltop overlooking a fertile plain and was an important commercial city minting its own coins from the 3rd century BCE. The most striking ancient...
The Church and The Jews - The Hellenistic Period
In this sixth segment of Dr. David Neiman's lecture series, "The Church and The Jews", Dr. Neiman follows the conquests of Alexander the Great and the subsequent spread of the Jewish diaspora through the Ptolmeic and Seleucid empires.